Trump suggests he might drop daily press briefings

Anita Tucker
May 14, 2017

"You've got a House committee, a Senate committee and Department of Justice all working on this", White House Principal Deputy Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders told reporters.

Explaining his decision, Trump said: "James Comey will be replaced by someone who will do a far better job, bringing back the spirit and prestige of the Federal Bureau of Investigation".

"I'm not firing Sean Spicer", Trump said in April.

The perception, according to multiple sources inside and close to the White House, is that Spicer has been "benched" during a critical week, following the president's termination of Federal Bureau of Investigation director James Comey. Unless I have them every two weeks and do it myself.

"I believe that is very likely that that takes place sometime in the next few days", Sanders said when asked about a potential visit.

White House briefings and press conferences provide substantive and symbolic opportunities for journalists to pose questions to officials at the highest levels of the USA government, he said.

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"I think it's a good idea", he continued.

On Wednesday, Trump told NBC News that he had fired Comey because he was a "showboat" and "grandstander" - contradicting earlier White House statements that he was dismissed because of his public statements previous year on the Hillary Clinton email investigation.

Comey's firing Tuesday night sent shockwaves through the FBI, where the dismissal of the bureau director immediately impacted the thousands of agents nationwide.

"As a very active President with lots of things happening, it is not possible for my surrogates to stand at podium with ideal accuracy!" wrote Trump, referring to aides' claims that he took action on Comey based on the recommendation of Department of Justice officials.

"He's doing a good job, but he gets beat up", said Trump. By December, the speculation hit its fever pitch and political observers were sure Guilfoyle would be involved with the operation somehow, whether as press secretary or in an ancillary role. But Comey's colleagues told The New York Times instead that Trump pressed Comey at the dinner for a "loyalty" pledge to the president and that Comey refused.

After an early-morning tweetstorm in which he addressed inconsistencies between his statements and those of his surrogates by suggesting the cancellation of "all future press briefings", President Donald Trump reiterated the threat in an interview Friday afternoon. And the big question, one source said, is whether it's temporary or permanent.

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