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Trump Threatens to End the Daily Press Briefing

President Trump seems furious at the widespread negative coverage this morning of the White House’s rationale for Trump’s firing of former FBI Director James Comey, threatening to put an end to the daily White House briefing.

Much of the coverage has suggested that the White House changed its story from one that sought to portray Trump as firing Comey on the recommendations of Attorney General Sessions and Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, and that Trump contradicted his advisers and Vice President Pence when he said Thursday he was going to fire Comey no matter the recommendations.

But it’s not exactly true that Trump contradicted anyone.

Much of the coverage of the alleged contradiction has focused on statements by Pence, who repeatedly said Wednesday morning that Trump had accepted the recommendations of Rosenstein and Sessions to get rid of Comey. But while Pence’s statements are a clear effort by the White House, which knew the decision would be controversial, to push responsibility over to the Justice Department, what Pence said was misleading but technically true.

And as far as I’m aware, Pence did not suggest that this was the first time firing Comey had occurred to Trump. In fact, it would be ridiculous to think that Trump simply suddenly decided based on the recommendation of a newly installed deputy attorney general to get rid of the head of the FBI.

Tuesday night, Kellyanne Conway was also offering the spin that Trump had taken the recommendation of the Justice Department. But, what is less well reported is that she also made it clear that Trump’s decision was part of a process that predated the recommendation.

“It makes complete sense because he has lost confidence in the FBI director and he took the recommendation of Rod Rosenstein,” Conway said of the firing. “He has lost confidence,” as in, it happened in the past.

Anyway, Trump is not going to do away with the briefing. He enjoys watching it too much. And it’s a great chance for him to gain intelligence for himself on what the press is thinking and gauge how his own White House is responding.

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8 Responses to Trump Threatens to End the Daily Press Briefing

  1. The WH Press Corpse is not serious. They are there to agitate, challenge, criticize the WH. They are not there to gather and report information.

    The Jonathan Karl exchange with Sarah Spender (?) is evidence of that. I have no problem with handouts. Of course, it will never happen.

    On the other hand, tracking of individual reporters interviewing the President should be precise. Lester Holt interrupted Trump 9 times in 3 minutes. What’s the point. Drop Holt from the list.

    I am not suggesting that Trump be afforded only positive interviews or press. But it should be factual and he should be allowed to speak.

    • Again, endless quarrels about nothing. That is Washington today. Seems to me that Comey was a snake. A snake in the swamp. Good to be rid of him, Trump was right there IMHO. Agree Grace, the Press Corps seems to be there to agitate and quarrel. I like real, tough journalism, not what´s going on.

  2. In order to make the President look like he’s “covering up” an FBI investigation on himself or his people, the MSM must look for a sinister plot that proves their wish for grounds of impeachment.
    They want to finish him, destroy his whole administration, poison the public perception of even the most benign actions in order to get to their goal – toppling the President.

    In the real world outside the DC/MSM, the public doesn’t care why MrTrump decided to fire MrComey, or how, or when, or anything concerning this event.
    If the President ends or suspends the press briefings, the world goes on without a hiccup. The news isn’t found or made at a WH press briefing.

  3. I think the briefings should go on but any reporter or news agency caught spinning or outright lying about the administration should be suspended immediately.

    All of the people that sit on the front row should be placed in the rear of the room.
    Most of them are obnoxious anyway.

  4. I don’t recall the previous presidents had daily press briefings. And I see no reason for Trump to continue with the daily press briefing. There are press conferences from time to time, but not daily.

  5. Last night I stayed up too late watching press briefings with Sara Huckabee (can’t remember her married name) at the podium. The way that reporters tried to twist her words and put the most literal or wildest interpretation on what she said or what the President said was disgusting to hear.

    I can see no reason to continue this game of cat and mouse, with the WH spokesperson as the mouse.

    I fear the immaturity of the MSM and Progs is going to wear down the President. He is 70 years old and has never been subjected to years of targeted abuse.

  6. During a war, one doesn’t give the enemy daily briefings of what’s happening.

    The same should go for the fifth-column media.