WASHINGTON, DC — White House Deputy Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders will hold an off-camera press briefing Monday at 2 p.m. Eastern. This continues a pattern from the Trump administration of reduced transparency; the last on-camera press briefing was held June 29.
President Trump has also been relatively shielded from public questioning by reporters in recent weeks. The last two times he’s given public comments with world leaders Moon Jae-in and Narendra Modi, events which typically take the form of press conferences, Trump has taken no questions from reporters. He did take questions before his remarks in Poland on Thursday, when he made headlines by attacking CNN, criticizing the intelligence community and doubting reports of Russia’s attempts to influence the election. (For more information on this and other political stories, subscribe to the White House Patch to receive daily newsletters and breaking news alerts.)
There are many recent issues reporters would like the White House to comment on publicly. These include recent contradictory tweets from the president on a potential partnership with Russia on cybersecurity, a previously undisclosed meeting between Donald Trump Jr. and other campaign with a Russian lawyer before the election, and the progress of health care legislation. Many outstanding questions also remain about the president’s meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin.
Pool reporters will release a transcript of Monday’s press briefing, which will likely address some of these questions. This post will be updated to incorporate these comments. But while the White House increasingly relies on these press reports to make public its statements on important issues, the president and his staff continue to refer to legitimate news outlets such as CNN as “fake news” and attacking their credibility.
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Originally published July 10, 2017.