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No Trump Press Conference Anytime Soon

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The White House made clear to Newsmax on Friday that President Trump will not be holding any press conferences in the near future.

“I’m not sure if there’s one on the schedule,” Deputy Press Secretary Sarah Sanders told me. “But if there is, I guarantee you this room will be the first group to be notified.”

Her reply evoked raucous laughter at the James Brady Briefing Room — a clear sign that the White House press corps is not expecting to question the president in the traditional press conference format.

The last time Trump faced the press was on Feb. 16. That was when he introduced Alexander Acosta as his nominee for secretary of labor, and then unexpectedly launched into an impromptu, 90-minute exchange with startled reporters.

From repeating several times that “I inherited a real mess” to repeating his now-familiar charges of “fake news” to jousting with enemies in the press such as CNN’s White House correspondent Jim Acosta (Trump joked that he checked out Alexander Acosta to make sure he wasn’t related to CNN’s Jim Acosta), Trump left little doubt he was prepared to take on any comers in the traditional format of a presidential news conference.

But after more than four months and recent (and very controversial) tweets about the Fourth Estate, Trump is clearly not going to climb back into the arena of a press conference anytime soon.

The present format for presidential news conferences was established in 1933, when President Franklin Roosevelt and press secretary Steve Early came to the White House. Almost immediately, Early gathered reporters together with the president, who answered their questions on the spot rather than forcing them to submit questions in writing (a requirement of reporters by FDR’s predecessors).

John Gizzi is chief political columnist and White House correspondent for Newsmax. For more of his reports, Go Here Now.

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