After facing off against the Washington press corps for four rocky months, President Trump is revisiting the idea of limiting media access to his White House.
Mr. Trump told Jeanine Pirro in an interview this weekend that he thinks it is a “good idea” to not have press briefings, unless he holds a press conference himself every two weeks.
“I think it’s a good idea,” Mr. Trump said. “First of all, you have a level of hostility [from the media] that’s incredible and it’s very unfair.”
The president also tweeted Friday, after days of brutal press coverage of his firing of FBI Director James B. Comey, that perhaps the White House should cancel daily press briefings with press secretary Sean Spicer and simply hand out news releases.
White House Correspondents Association President Jeff Mason said daily press briefings and press conferences “provide substantive and symbolic opportunities for journalists to pose questions to officials at the highest levels of the U.S. government.”
“That exercise, conducted in full view of our republic’s citizens, is clearly in line with the spirit of the First Amendment,” Mr. Mason said. “Doing away with briefings would reduce accountability, transparency, and the opportunity for Americans to see that, in the U.S. system, no political figure is above being questioned. The White House Correspondents’ Association would object to any move that would threaten those constitutionally-protected principles.”