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White House Correspondents Slam Trump for Briefings Pullback

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White House press secretary Sarah Sanders (Oliver Contreras/AP)

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Tuesday, 22 January 2019 06:02 PM Current | Bio | Archive

The reporters who cover the White House were stunned Tuesday afternoon by president's tweet revealing he told press secretary Sarah Sanders "not to bother" with briefings of the press.

In essentially ending the briefings that are a popular afternoon fixture on several television networks, the president has ended — at least for now — a feature of the White House that is 86 years old.

Within minutes, the White House Correspondents Association hit back — hard — at what WHCA President Olivier Knox branded a "retreat from transparency and accountability."

"Being able to question the press secretary or other senior government officials publicly helps the news media tell Americans what their most powerful representatives are doing in their name," Knox declared in a statement.

Knox also slammed Trump's tweet Sanders need not hold briefings for reporters because "the word gets out anyway!"

Agreeing "other venues exist to obtain information," WHCA's Knox pointed out "the robust, public back-and-forth we've come to expect in the James A. Brady Briefing Room helps highly that no one in a healthy republic is above being questioned."

In 1933, Steve Early, press secretary to President Franklin D. Roosevelt, began the tradition of daily briefings for the White House press corps. On various occasions, FDR would invite reporters into the Oval Office and conduct the briefings himself. The daily briefings became a feature for viewers of American television in 1996, when then-press secretary Mike McCurry agreed to their being televised.

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

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President Donald Trump's tweet revealing he told press secretary Sarah Sanders "not to bother" with briefings of the press left reporters who cover the White House stunned Tuesday afternoon, Newsmax's John Gizzi reports.
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