Trump Doubles Down on Suggestion to Cancel Press Briefings

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President Donald Trump told Jeanine Pirro that he thinks it is a “good idea” to not have press conferences, unless he does them himself every two weeks.

His comments came after he tweeted early Friday morning that perhaps the White House should do away with the daily press briefings, a long-time tradition in which the press secretary faces the gamut of reporters every day. Trump was frustrated over media reports that what he has said about the reasons for firing FBI Director James Comey contradicts what his communications staff said earlier in the week.


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“Are you moving so quickly that your communications department cannot keep up with you?” Pirro asked Trump, in an interview for her Fox News show “Justice With Judge Jeanine.”

“Yes, that’s true,” Trump said.

“So what do we do about that?” Pirro asked.

“We do not have press conferences, and we do…”

“You don’t mean that,” Pirro interjected.

“Well, just don’t have them, unless I have them every two weeks and I do them myself, we don’t have them,” Trump said. “I think it’s a good idea. First of all, you have a level of hostility that’s incredible and it’s very unfair. Sarah Huckabee is a lovely, young woman. You know Sean Spicer, he is a wonderful human being, he’s a nice man.”

The interview will air on Saturday, but the news network released excerpts on Friday.

Pirro pressed him on whether Spicer will “be there tomorrow,” a reference to reports that Trump is looking to replace him. Trump did not answer directly, but said Spicer has been “doing a good job, but he gets beat up.”

“He’s getting beat up. No, he just gets beat up by these people, and again you know they don’t show the 90 questions that they asked and answered properly. I’m saying if they’re off just a little bit, just a little bit, it’s the big story.”

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  1. Dorothy Boake says:

    We have an honest President who only has one agenda. make America Great Again! I thank my Lord and Savior that we have been so very Blessed in this life. We will have all these wonderful things happen’ Because we have this wonderful Blessed Patriot working so hard for US. US AND THE USA!! We now have HOPE! God Bless America and our Wonerful President!

  2. Stephen says:

    the Anchorman 2 is better than any of these dolts on mainstream media.

  3. AmericanMorning says:

    Finally the President will get his turn to speak without a Communist trying to embarrass him. I like the idea of daily gaggles without q&a , the briefings with POTUS every two weeks. The MSM have abused the White House pressroom privilege.

  4. Tom Sawyer says:

    The simple fact is:

    The press/accredited news agencies are granted privileges to WH Press Briefings to obtain and report unbiased and truthful accounts of said Press Briefing.

    I think Trump has it right.
    If I can tell what party or what political affiliation that the REPORTER belongs to from the reportage? Then the reportage is NOT unbiased.

    Simple as that.
    The days of reporters embellishing their reports as they please…are over.
    Accredited news organizations will be held to a standard of decorum expected of those tasked with directly reporting WH news to the public.
    I want to know the facts…not whatever tripe today’s Libby du jour glorified-blogger wants to spew. WH reporters are not worthy to lick President Trumps shoes…much less play with his words as they see fit! This isn’t The View, sweetie.
    More will be expected from them.

    The Jim Acosta types with their private agendas need to go, and I can absolutely assure you, legally they have no standing to do anything but…leave! :)

  5. Jacques Strappe says:

    What an imbecile. Why not just hold his breath for attention. No one cares what happens to this jerk except his deplorably stupid and naive supporters…and the Russians, of course Lock this criminal liar fraud, moron up and lose the key. A colossal embarrassment to the entire world. A freaking monkey flinging feces could accomplish more than Donald J Turnip.

    • Stephen says:

      Omg the losers still
      trying to explain why they lost.
      Their loser criminal nominee is going to jail.

  6. Stephen says:

    Get rid of the press.
    We can hear from you directly.
    We don’t need translators leaving out half of the facts and twisting truth into lies. Where are the reports of the other news items that have been accomplished oooooo the media deletes anything but lies.

  7. noel says:

    Yes Donald lets not allow the press in so that the people will never know who I really am. Road kill. Someone who kills everyone who helped you on the road to the white house. ROSEBUD!

  8. Stephen says:

    Omg they keep trying to explain why they lost.
    Meanwhile the unethical, uncivil, and anti christian act of hatred for any others that are not just like themselves,
    imprisoned by hate.

  9. Mario Merdirossian says:

    Trump’s constant lies and contempt for the American institutions and the Press is going to brig him down more sooner than later. The problem is, after Donald Duck is gone, Mike Mouse is ready to take over.

  10. Lorianna says:

    Trump is doing what Hollywood and TV does….banning whomever disagrees with you. Good move.

  11. Timely Comment says:

    First Comey’s firing, and now this? Trump’s actions are dragging down the GOP with him.

    His “brand” is ever continuing to mark the Republicans with this latest retaliatory Press tantrum… and which American voters will remember for future elections. Aligning themselves to the current President with an (R) after his name will identify the GOP with the Trump name for those elections after his term.

    The Party of Lincoln andTeddy Roosevelt has devolved into the Party of Nixon and Bush 2. And now it’s being IDENTIFIED with Trump… and his followers continue to bleat their unquestioning upport—

    It’s politically sad.

  12. cowgirldiva says:

    President Trump should run his presidency exactly the way he wants to run it…!! He was elected to serve as President and from what I can tell so far, THAT is what he is doing…he is being the President..!! There are millions and millions and millions of us out here who think he is doing a FINE job..!!

    • The Truth says:

      The “millions and millions and millions” of you who believe Trump is “doing a fine job” are apparently incurably delusional.

      • Mario Merdirossian says:

        Sorry, my reply was directed to another comentary. I agree with you.

      • Mario Merdirossian says:

        By now, you are like the 3 monkeys: don’t see, don’t listen, don’t talk… yes please don’t talk before you get more educated in political affaires.. If you want to deny the obvious, keep it to yourself. You are against the grain.

    • George Lewis says:

      I still support President Trump overall, however, we do need to build the Wall. To get out of NAFTA. To protect people with pre-existing medical conditions (a totally un-affordable 3x or more higher premium is not protection). Allowing an HHS Secretary to say diabetics (10% of the population) aren’t entitled to health insurance because their lifestyle caused it is lunacy (in many families it’s genetic plus many didn’t know or didn’t have an affordable choice as children & even later). We shouldn’t be bombing (or spending any American $) in Syria, Afghanistan etc, & we especially shouldn’t be sending more American troops to be injured or killed in Afghanistan.

      • The Truth says:

        Unlike your previous fake news statement below, with the exception of your support for The Wall, you actually make some legitimate sense here.

        Re NAFTA, simply withdrawing and retreating into full autarky is not the answer; nor is trying to amend the agreement which will devolve into a counterproductive political drill. The aspects of the pact which work to our advantage should be preserved and strengthened. Disadvantageous aspects should be addressed in new and updated side agreements with Mexico and Canada.

        Re The Wall: The notion that American citizens are losing jobs to illegal immigrants and that these immigrants are inordinately sapping public resources is largely mythic. The jobs most undocumented immigrants take are not coveted by our citizenry. Rather than spending many billions to keep low wage earners out, spend the money to help American citizens become more occupationally competitive. While unemployment is statistically low, most Americans who can’t get a decent job are not sufficiently skilled to be viable with respect to the rapidly evolving technology market. Occupational training in close partnership with the business sector needs to be integrated into the educational system at the elementary level and continue throughout the course of modern working life to potentiate multiple occupational re-inventions in response to economic change.

  13. Paula Stiles says:

    It’s as if he wouldn’t know how to act appropriately even if he wanted to.

    • Tom Sawyer says:

      Why do all who oppose the wall consistently fail or refuse to discuss the many other benefits of the wall, and instead immediately launch into a schpiel about immigration statistics?

      Hundreds of tons of drugs that destroy are cities and youth.
      Hundreds of millions of dollars that pass over that border back to the cartels.
      Thousands and thousands of human trafficking victims.
      75% of all females who use coyotes and/or try to go it alone, are raped.
      Hundreds will die in the deserts of thirst and exposure…a horrible way to die…
      Thousands of stolen vehicles going down to be chopped or sold.

      ALL of the above, + a dozen more examples are STOPPED by a wall.

      Now, carry on with your immigration talking points.

      • The_Monarch says:

        The current administration doesn’t care about the “drugs that destroy our {sic} cities and youth”, or they wouldn’t be trying to return to the policies of the War on Drugs that have been an expensive, inhuman, demonstrable failure.
        And your examples of the human trafficking and horrors of the cross-border journey for women and families is a FEATURE of the ICE border policies, not something they are interested in ending; they wouldn’t mind doubling down on those horrors by separating immigrant children from their families as well.
        There’s no valid appeal to either public safety or human decency that supports a wall being built on the border with Mexico, unless that wall gets built on the SOUTHERN border of Mexico where it might do at least a little bit of good. Otherwise, it’s just another waste of money in the name of “doing something”, like the TSA. Solving problems is hard and expensive. Merely pretending one cares about them isn’t so hard (but often even more expensive, right?).

  14. See Me - Feel Me says:

    “You can’t handle the truth!” The beginning of the end of Trump or the country? You decide.

  15. ACCOUNTABILITY….CHECKS & BALANCES….our country was set up with a system that might need to be revised but there must be TRANSPARANCY & ACCOUNTABILITY. Republicans please get your President educated quickly.

    • George Lewis says:

      Hello Sandra. Lesson to get you “educated”: “CHECKS & BALANCES” refers to the 3 branches of government, not the press. I enjoy White House briefings, however if President Trump cancels them he isn’t cancelling the existence of a ‘free press’.

      • The_Monarch says:

        Thrust of her comment was in regards to ACCOUNTABILITY, which is in fact primarily in the hands of the press. Unless you think we can start trusting politicians to tell the truth, haha.

        If so, I have a bridge I’d like to sell you.

  16. George Lewis says:

    The fake news press vs Sean Spicer or vs Sarah Huckabee is hilarious (great fun to watch). Please don’t cancel the show (press briefing) President Trump. Sean & Sarah do a great job holding their own (as does Kellyanne) vs the eye rolling unfair reporters who see/invent contradictions where none exist.

    • The Truth says:

      Huckabee Sanders should be subpoenaed to testify under oath before Congress regarding her statement that she had been in contact with “countless FBI members” via text, phone, and email who “were glad about the President’s decision to fire Comey.” As a former member of the Trump campaign team currently under FBI investigation, any contact between Huckabee Sanders and the FBI is a direct violation of DOJ and White House policy. Huckabee Sanders’ subpoenaed phone records, texts, and emails will either prove or disprove her statement. Any FBI employee contacted by Huckabee Sanders would also be obligated to report her inappropriate outreach. So there should be plenty of evidence that she either lied or compromised the investigation. Either way, she should be toast.

      As for Spicer, he’s such a hapless punching bag by now that Trump cannot continue to keep letting him take daily poundings much longer. Conversely, eye-rolling is now the default response to Kellyanne Conway’s ridiculous media appearances. It’s astonishing that Trump doesn’t realize how bad she makes him look every time she opens her smirking yap. Only ignoramuses like you, George, fail to recognize how pathetic these performances are.

    • Norton says:

      KAC double talk is the reason for the eye roll. She is put out in front of the press when the President wants to deflect from what he is doing. Smart move, because then KAC becomes the story and not what he did. Sad, really.

  17. Steve says:

    Jesus God. He is such a f–king baby.

    • TeriLee Huff says:

      Trump is so busy destroying America, so of course he wants to control his press conferences, by doing them himself, the king of drama….

    • sari says:

      #draintheswamp Make America Great Again.

      • The_Monarch says:

        Well, George Lewis, any impeachement proceeding initiated against Trump will quickly get the “high crime” they are looking for as soon as they get him to testify. I don’t think he lies maliciously per se, because he does it so poorly, but his character defects would unwind him there and they’d get all the ammo they needed in one testimony, I’m sure.

        Only a matter of time now. GOP leadership has got to be sweating the 2018 mid-terms already and the longer this goes on, the slimmer their chances of keeping their majorities are. Their only hope is hanging Trump out to dry (either that or try to gerrymander new districts even further and that takes more time than they have got).

      • Rachel says:

        Drain the swamp? So we replaced crocodiles with flesh-eating bacteria? He put the 1% in office you idiot.

      • George Lewis says:

        Richard, you displayed your ignorance of the law regarding impeachment. President Trump has not committed high crimes (or any crime). Former President Bill Clinton did (not the sex, but the lying under oath). Clinton wasn’t impeached because Democrats had the voting majority.

      • Jonathan says:

        sari you’re using a hashtag and a slogan that was created to cater to the braindead who can’t think for themselves.

      • Richard says:

        LOL Trump is filling the swamp almost daily. I can’t believe any True American thinks his paranoid, egotistical, lying chaotic White House is good for America or in any way will make it great again. He promised he would be presidential he, as it is being reported is as Comey described him not normal … maybe crazy. He is embarrassing his staff and the VP. Republicans need to step up and replace him with Pence. Impeachment is not based solely on criminal behavior but is a political tool used to remove a President who has lost the faith of the American people. Trump is harmful an most likely mentally ill, telling lie after lie after lie . Sad time for the USA.

      • JoeM says:

        Make America Great…by impeaching the Liar-in-Chief and firing the reprehensible Sessions. No two men are doing more to destroy the country than those two. Worse than the Nixon era…can’t believe I have to live through that again (x100)!

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