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White House to Newsmax: 'We're Considering' Resuming Daily Press Briefings

White House to Newsmax: 'We're Considering' Resuming Daily Press Briefings
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Friday, 05 July 2019 05:25 PM Current | Bio | Archive

With just-appointed Press Secretary Stephanie Grisham set to start her job in Washington next week, the White House told Newsmax it was discussing whether to resume the daily televised briefings that ended under her predecessor Sarah Sanders.

Asked by Newsmax on Friday morning whether the briefings would start up under Grisham, a top White House official replied: “We’re considering it.”

The daily briefings for White House correspondents were begun in their present format in 1933 under Steve Early, press secretary to President Franklin D. Roosevelt. 

Live televising of the daily sessions by CSPAN began in 1996 under Mike McCurry, President Bill Clinton’s press secretary. By the time Sanders came to the storied podium with the presidential seal, CNN, Fox News, and other networks were covering the daily give-and-take with reporters.

Briefings under Sanders abruptly ceased more than 100 days ago. Grisham is known to be a strong advocate of resuming the daily sessions and reportedly has made a strong case to President Donald Trump for their resumption.

Grisham will maintain her former portfolio as spokeswoman for the first lady as well as serving as the president’s press secretary and director of communications.  Last week, she made headlines as she was bruised and shoved by security forces in North Korea after trying to put correspondents in position to cover the president and North Korean strongman Kim Jong Un during their meeting. 

But Grisham won high marks from correspondents for her courage in standing up for them.  One of them, CNN’s Jim Acosta, told Newsmax “I thought it was a good start for sure.” 

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

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