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Press Secretary: No Plans to Bring the Briefings Back

White House Press Secretary Stephanie Grisham Monday said the White House has no plans to bring back the daily briefing.

“Ultimately, if the president decides that it’s something we should do, we can. Right now, he’s doing just fine,” Grisham said. “To be honest, the briefings had become a lot of theater.”

She noted the benefit accruing to the reporters.

“They are writing books now. I mean, they are all getting famous off of this presidency, and so I think it’s great what we are doing now,” Grisham said.

It’s a shame there are no televised briefings, they can be a useful way to hold the White House to account. And forcing the White House to think through its answers helps the president and his aides organize and settle their policies. Grisham should at least allow off-camera briefings, which also, long ago, used to occur on a daily basis a few hours before the televised briefing.

But unfortunately, the White House press corps has lost the credibility to make these arguments.

Many members of the White House press corps are serious journalists trying to do their job. But there are also many who are obviously out to get President Trump. And others who might not have an agenda, but who regularly fail to check their bias at the White House gate. And, of course, a few who are complete showboaters, just looking for attention.

The Mooch “Abused Staff” and Accused Two of Having an Affair

Anthony Scaramucci sees himself as miraculously transformed from 100 percent pork to completely kosher.

I guess President Trump has stopped taking his phone calls, because he is now trying to ingratiate himself with the anti-Trump crowd by claiming to suddenly be appalled by the president.

Of course, The Mooch does what’s good for The Mooch.

A new piece in the Washington Examiner describes some of the tyranny he inflicted on staff during his brief 11-day reign.

President Trump’s allegation that Anthony Scaramucci “abused staff” was met with agreement from many who worked under or near the financier during his 11 days as White House communications director.

Though fired more than two years ago, Scaramucci’s break with Trump this month surfaced previously unpublished stories of allegedly inappropriate behavior.

Sources said Trump’s tweet Monday recalled a little-known truth: Although Scaramucci was dismissed after disparaging other senior officials in a profane interview, he was on the verge of being fired anyhow.

“The dirty secret was the interview escalated it. The reality was [other] things, that’s where [White House chief of staff John] Kelly lost his shit,” a source familiar with Scaramucci’s termination said. “Everyone in the press watched the expletive-laced tirade and no one went, ‘What else caused it?’”

Kelly, whose first official day as chief of staff was July 31, made firing Scaramucci one of his first official acts. Kelly replaced former Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus, who had been ousted as chief of staff a few days earlier.

Scaramucci’s gravest human resources sin featured telling a female White House official that he heard she was sleeping with a more senior male official, many sources said.

The allegation was widely viewed by sources as “gross” and a clear attempt to intimidate and humiliate the woman.

White House Press Room Floods During DC Storm

I doubt most of you will be chagrined to hear this.

There was a sudden torrential rain in Washington, and the basement section of the White House press room flooded.

This is neither unusual nor surprising. Remember, the White House is, in the end, just another federal building.

I like how it is characterized as “White House basement” flooding. The reporters only know about the press room. I imagine the Situation Room is nice and dry. At least, I guess it is.

Trump Cancels White House Christmas Party for Press Corps

Well, there’s no Christmas party for the White House press corps this year. President Trump has nixed it.

Every year, the press is invited to feast on White House delicacies, have cocktails, and then meet and get a photo with the first lady and the president. I’ve been to many of these parties – although the Obamas stopped inviting me because they didn’t like me, and I didn’t get an invite last year, probably by mistake – and I can assure you they are wonderful affairs. The lamb chops and the shrimp cocktail are the best you’ve ever tasted.

But who can blame Trump? The press corps invited a comedian who hates Trump to perform at its annual dinner last spring. And the coverage is relentlessly negative.

Why invite a group of people who hate you and who are biased in their work when they claim to be neutral to come party with you?

There’s plenty of grumbling about this, I’ve been told by others who are more connected to the other White House reporters. I’m sure you are all broken up about it and grieving for them . . . 

Inside the White House: Sarah Sanders Asks for Occasional Positive Reporting

This is a video I took Monday in the briefing room at the White House. Gives you a bit of an idea what it’s like to be in the room with White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders and the reporters.

Here, she argues that the media are partially responsible for the divisions in the country and says just maybe they could occasionally say something nice about President Trump:

You guys have a huge responsibility to play in the divisive nature of this country, when 90 percent of the coverage of everything this President does is negative, despite the fact that the country is doing extremely well, despite the fact that the President is delivering on exactly what he said he was going to do if elected.  And he got elected by an overwhelming majority of 63 million Americans who came out and supported him, and wanted to see his policies enacted.

He’s delivered on that.  He’s delivered on the promises he’s made.  And, if anything, I think it is sad and divisive the way that every single thing that comes out of the media — 90 percent of what comes out of the media’s mouth is negative about this President, despite the fact that the economy is booming, despite the fact he said he would fix the trade deals.

He said he would defeat ISIS and he has.  The President has been delivering day in and day out.  And I think it would be nice if, every once and a while, we could focus on a few of the positive things the President has done, instead of just attacking him.

West Wing Rest Rooms to be Modernized for First Time Since Jimmy Carter

This urgent bulletin today from the White House. Among other repairs being done while President Trump is at his club in New Jersey on a working vacation . . .

The restrooms on the ground floor and second floor of the West Wing have not been modernized in approximately 40 years. The planned infrastructure improvements will address safety concerns and will include durable materials and finishes.

Now how did they ever expect to sell the place with 1970s era bathrooms? I mean, come on.

This being the Trump White House, my assumption is the restrooms will not be made “unisex” or otherwise transgender-friendly. I’m just saying. Although who knows, the bureaucracy works to the call of its own master.

And BTW, it’s heartbreaking to think of someone as post-modern and hip as Barack Obama peeing daily into a 40-year-old toilet.

Also this:

The East Room ceiling is cracking, creating a safety concern for the First Family, staff, and visitors to the White House. The cracks will be repaired and the entire ceiling will be re-painted in order to preserve and maintain this historic room.

Good. I guess the North Koreans and the Iranians would get a pretty good laugh if the ceiling to the East Room suddenly caved in during a press conference. Not to mention accusations of an intentional White House attack on the press corps.

White House Solution to Leakers: Fire Everybody

Okay, that’s a little dramatic. They’ll keep some “Key senior people,” in the White House communications office, which seems to be a very leaky ship after word emerged from a meeting of communications staff that White House aide Kelly Sadler had said Sen. John McCain’s vote on the CIA director didn’t matter because he was “dying anyway.”

And they’ll keep some others. But according to Politico, a lot of people are going to go. Even though it doesn’t seem that they’ve necessarily identified a leaker.

That’s because nobody has been fired yet, despite the plan to get rid of people. You’d frog march a known leaker right out the door. And some of those being removed are going to be reassigned and NOT FIRED, which suggests the White House is just machine-gun firing bullets, hoping to hit something.

Politico also reports that White House chief of staff John Kelly, who is steering the plan, recently said during a meeting of new hires that Sadler was merely making a factual statement about McCain dying.

Which doesn’t itself sound factual, since he wasn’t expected to die before the CIA confirmation vote. What’s more, if she was coldly stating the fact, that’s even worse than a joke, isn’t it?

Of course, the irony here is left unsaid: Whatever Politico reported about these internal White House deliberations was . . . leaked, since nobody is quoted on the record.

Conway Expects Firings Over White House Leak

White House Counselor Kellyanne Conway Monday evening said she expects heads to roll as the result of leaks of a comment White House communications aide Kelly Sadler made during an internal meeting. “I had several discussions with the president on this very topic today,” Conway said on Fox News, another way of saying that President Trump… Continue Reading

White House Briefing Wednesday Again to be Off-Camera

Well, this is going to cause the MSM to go ballistic, given that yesterday’s briefing was also off camera. Once again, Sarah Huckabee Sanders will be ringmaster. Ringmistress? No, that doesn’t sound right, best to stay with the sexist male version of the term. Looks like Sean Spicer is increasingly fading into the background. Remember,… Continue Reading

White House to Keep Visitor Logs Secret

The White House plans to keep logs of visitors to the White House complex secret, the Washington Examiner reported. In an announcement Friday, the White House cited national security risks and privacy concerns of visitors as the primary reason the Trump administration is breaking with President Obama’s policy of logging all visitors. The administration is… Continue Reading