Trump threatens to cancel briefings; Spicer back at podium

14 May, 2017, 02:24 | Author: Evan Mason
  • Trump threatens to cancel briefings; Spicer back at podium

"I'm not saying it any way", Trump said.

But then President Donald Trump suggested there might be recordings of his conversations with the Federal Bureau of Investigation chief he fired.

He also emphasized, in light of criticism of the White House's continually changing narrative regarding former FBI Director James Comey's ouster, that he could simply severely limit press conferences and do them all himself. But Spicer and his team have kept up regular briefings.

"I believe that is very likely that that takes place sometime in the next few days", Sanders said when asked about a potential visit.

As in Friday's briefing, Spicer refused to commit when asked if the White House would keep the daily briefing. "I think it's a good idea", Trump told Fox News in an interview.

White House press secretary Sean Spicer said Friday that it's not always possible to provide entirely accurate information at press briefings given President Trump's busy schedule.

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Friday morning, in the midst of a series of tweets in which Trump addressed the investigation into Russian collusion with his campaign to influence the presidential election and downplayed any role the probe played in his determination to fire Comey, the president raised the prospect of suspending the briefings.

"Will he be there tomorrow?" she pressed. The White House first said this week that Trump made the move because of a negative memo about Comey from the Justice Department, only to have the president later say he made the decision before seeing the memo.

Still, Spicer continued to refuse to acknowledge that there were multiple and sometimes contradictory rationales for Comey's firing that came from the White House.

Appearing on NBC's "Today" show, Deputy Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders calls Rosenstein a person "who sets the gold standard within the legal system".

He added that Spicer is a nice man 'but he gets beat up'.

Trump said in a series of tweets Friday morning it is "not possible" for his staff to "stand at podium with flawless accuracy". "Doing away with the briefings would reduce accountability, transparency and the opportunity for Americans to see that, in the USA system, no political figure is above being questioned".

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