It’s been months since a Trump press secretary addressed reporters from the podium of the White House briefing room (March 11), and it appears that’s the way things will remain.
From ABC News:
Wednesday marks six months since a White House press secretary last came to the podium in the briefing room to field questions from reporters in a traditional format and the Trump administration has no plans to resume the daily and sometimes combative encounters with the White House press corps.
“President Trump communicates directly with the American people more than any President in history. The fact that the White House Press Corps can no longer grandstand on TV is of no concern to us,” White House press secretary Stephanie Grisham said in a statement to ABC News.
In previous administrations, regular press briefings have been a centerpiece of the White House communications operation by which the White House both advances their public messaging and engages in a a regular exchange of information with the media on the pressing issues of the day.
Today marks six months since the last White House briefing by the press secretary.
In the past year, only 6 briefings were held by the White House press secretary.
— David P Gelles (@gelles) September 11, 2019