White House: Reporters No Longer Able To ‘Grandstand’ On TV Is Of No Concern To Us

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.

Trump Attacks “Nasty Loser” White House Journalist, Suggests More Reporters Could Lose Credentials

Donald Trump continued his personal attacks on journalists this morning as he went on a rant regarding American Urban Radio Networks reporter April Ryan saying she’s a “loser” who “doesn’t know what she’s doing.”

Ryan has been covering the White House for many, many years.

The Donald also mentioned other reporters may lose their White House credentials as CNN’s Jim Acosta did two nights ago.

Ironically, Trump says you should treat the presidency with “respect.”

He should try that sometime.

Later, he just called a reporter’s question “stupid:”

CNN’s Jim Acosta: White House Spokesman Sean Spicer Is “Kind Of Useless”

CNN’s Jim Acosta is pretty much DONE with the lack of communication coming out of the White House these days.

Today saw the White House daily press briefing devolve into an off-the-air, no cameras, no audio recording “gaggle” where Spicer basically offered no answers to questions asked by the White House press corp.

“The White House press secretary is getting to a point, Brooke, where he’s just kind of useless,” Acosta told CNN’s Brooke Baldwin. “You know, if he can’t come out and answer the questions and they’re not going to do this on camera or audio…why are we having these briefings or gaggles in the first place?”

According to Politico, Spicer is pushing to move into a new position that would oversee communications for the entire White House, advocating for a new press secretary to take his place. Fox News personality Laura Ingraham has apparently met with the powers that be in the Trump administration about the position.

The president hasn’t held a true press conference since February.

Watch Acosta’s justified frustrations below.

Trump Had Paid Staffers Stand And Cheer At Press Conference

In case you missed it, here’s the full video of President-elect Donald Trump’s first press conference since the election.

Watching the event, I thought it was odd to hearing cheering (and jeering) during a couple of moments. It turns out Trump had paid staffers stand at the back of the room as a sort of “greek chorus” to provide moral and vocal support. #odd

It also appears that the only media outlet to receive a reserved seat was the white nationalist website, Breitbart, which close Trump advisor Steve Bannon ran for many years.

And then, of course, there was the very uncomfortable back and forth that occurred with CNN’s Jim Acosta which included Trump yelling, “I’m not going to give you a question. You’re fake news.”

Donald Trump Rails Against “Sleaze” Media

In what was supposed to be a press conference about his fund-raising for veterans, GOP presidential nominee Donald Trump went on an angry rant against the press, calling out reporters as “sleaze” for not giving him enough credit for raising money for veterans.

“Instead of being like, ‘Thank you very much, Mr. Trump,’ or ‘Trump did a good job,’ everyone said: ‘Who got it? Who got it? Who got it?’” Trump said. “And you make me look very bad. I have never received such bad publicity for doing a good job.”

ABC News’ Tom Llama earned the badge of “sleaze” for asking how much money Trump raised for veterans.

“What I don’t want is when I raise millions of dollars, have people say this sleazy guy right over here from ABC, he’s a sleaze in my book — you’re a sleaze because you know the facts and you know the facts well,” said Trump pointing to Llama.

Llama took the attack in stride on Twitter:

From Talking Points Memo:

During the Trump Tower press conference, Trump announced that he raised $5.6 million for veterans groups, down from the $6 million he originally said that he raised for veterans group at the January fundraiser he held in lieu of attending a Fox News debate.

But since his initial claim, it’s been unclear just how much Trump raised, how much he personally donated to veterans groups, and which groups received donations as a result of the fundraiser. Trump on Tuesday characterized the number as “almost $6 million.”

Throughout the press conference, Trump railed against the press for looking into the details of his fundraiser.

“The press should be ashamed of themselves,” he said, telling reporters, “You make me look very bad.”

Trump said that he wanted the donations to veterans groups to be “private” and that he didn’t want “credit” for the money he raised, and said he was forced to reveal details about the fundraiser because of the press. He also said that it took time for him to send donations to veterans groups because he had to vet the groups.

“The press is so dishonest and so unfair,” he lamented.