President Trump Doubles Down on Idea of Ending White House Press Briefings

Claudine Rigal
Мая 14, 2017

The committee had hoped to hear from Comey in closed session following his abrupt firing this week by President Donald Trump.

Democrats and some Republicans have expressed concern at the timing of the probe, noting the FBI's current investigation into alleged interference by the Russian government in the US presidential election.

"James Comey better hope that there are no "tapes" of our conversations before he starts leaking to the press!"

"No one has ever achieved anything significant without a chorus of critics standing on the sidelines explaining why it can't be done", Trump said. "'" Comey, according to a source, isn't anxious about the possible existence of any tapes.

The broadcaster quoted its source familiar with the matter as saying of the dinner between Comey and Trump on January 27 that it came at Trump's request and was one-on-one.

The Federal Bureau of Investigation probe and parallel congressional investigations have cast a cloud over Trump's presidency since he took office on January 20, threatening to overwhelm his policy priorities.

Earlier Friday, Trump tweeted that "it is not possible for my surrogates to stand at podium with flawless accuracy" and that "the best thing to do" might be to cancel future press briefings in favor of hand-written responses. Adam SchiffAdam SchiffRyan declines comment on Trump's warning to Comey Trump's warning to Comey deepens White House crisis Top Intel Dem demands release of Trump's "tapes" on Comey MORE (D-Calif.), the ranking member of the House Intelligence Committee.

" In fact, when I chose to just do it, I said to myself, I said, 'You know, this Russian Federation thing with Trump and Russian Federation is a made up story, it's an excuse by the Democrats for having lost an election that they should have won, '" Trump told Holt during the interview.

Spicer said nothing of the president's decision to fire Comey as he stepped up to the podium at 1:23 p.m., commenting only on the "full house" in the briefing room.

White House spokeswoman Sarah Huckabee Sanders disputed the report and said the president would "never even suggest the expectation of personal loyalty".

Trump has also vented his frustration with media coverage focusing on the White House's often-contradictory accounts of how and why he made a decision to fire the FBI director amid the active Russian Federation investigation. He said in an interview on Thursday with NBC News that Comey gave him this assurance during the White House dinner and in two phone conversations.

At the same time, he defended Spicer, whose job is said to be in jeopardy.

The president also suggested that the Russian Federation investigation had played a part in firing Comey, something his aides had vehemently denied. "I've not asked him - generally I don't go through the list of government employees and ask him, so I have not asked him specifically about that".

McCabe also pointed out the remarkable nature of Trump's version of his conversations with Comey.

The White House Correspondents' Association responded to the tweets with a statement from President Jeff Mason saying that the briefings "provide substantive and symbolic opportunities for journalists to pose questions to officials at the highest levels of the US government".

"As a very active President with lots of things happening, it is not possible for my surrogates to stand at podium with ideal accuracy!" "Maybe the best thing to do would be to cancel all future "press briefings" and hand out written responses for the sake of accuracy???"

In other developments, Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, who on Tuesday wrote the letter that provided the basis for the Justice Department recommendation to fire Mr. Comey, agreed Friday to provide a briefing to the entire U.S. Senate.

The White House's explanations continued to crumble throughout the day Thursday.

Trump, referring to the FBI's investigation into Clinton's use of a private email server during her time as secretary of state, however said that the steady flow of news surrounding that probe helped him as a candidate in the 2016 presidential election.

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