Trump tells spokeswoman 'not to bother' with press briefings

Trump tells spokeswoman 'not to bother' with press briefings

Trump wrote. "Most will never cover us fairly & hence, the term, Fake News!"

Through Jan. 10, Trump has had 577 media availabilities since he's been president, according to Martha Kumar, a Towson State University professor and expert on White House Communications.

"I do believe that he messed up in his comments Tuesday", Ryan said of the president during a televised town hall held nine days after the riot, "when it sounded like moral equivalency, or at the very least, moral ambiguity, when we need extreme moral clarity".

Sanders' last press briefing was on December 18.

"Sarah Sanders will absolutely be back to the podium...delivering the message to the American people", he said.

The president now spends more time answering questions from reporters himself, during travel departure or during events at the White House.

"It's kind of ridiculous".

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"I don't think we're going to listen to her on much of anything - particularly not on matters we're gonna leave in the hands of a much, much higher authority - and certainly, not listen to the freshman congresswoman on when the world may end", Sanders said Tuesday on Fox News' "Hannity."

The president's swipe at the media for inaccurate and rude stories comes after a weekend replete with some of the most inaccurate and rude stories the media has produced since the Brett Kavanaugh SCOTUS battle.

Trump has been taking questions from reporters, sometimes multiple times a day, while Sanders and Trump aide Kellyanne Conway have been fielding questions in unscheduled appearances before cameras as they enter and exit the West Wing.

"Looking like Nick Sandman & Covington Catholic students were treated unfairly with early judgements proving out to be false - smeared by media", Trump tweeted. "It started off unpleasant, but can end in a dream!"

"Fake News is truly the ENEMY OF THE PEOPLE!" he later added.

White House Deputy Press Secretary Hogan Gidley said there should be fewer press briefings.