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

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

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

Well, the spokesman was hidden "among" - not IN - "the bushes" out of sight of nearby TV reporters.

While presidents have the authority to fire their FBI directors for any reason, Mr Comey is only the second FBI Director ever to be dismissed.

The rumors have been around since the start of Sean Spicer's tenure as White House press secretary.

"We want this to come to its conclusion, we want it to come to its conclusion with integrity", said deputy press secretary Sarah Sanders, referring to the FBI's probe into Moscow's interference in last year's election. "And hey, if you're concerned that when exposed to the outdoors, the image will run - no worries, that's exactly what Sean Spicer does, so it's totally authentic!"

Comey testified to the Senate Judiciary Committee on May 3 that, on July 5, "That was a hard call for me to make, to the call the attorney general that morning and say I'm about to do a press conference and I'm not going to tell you what I'm going to say". Comey was sacked amid an FBI investigation into the Trump campaign's possible ties to Russian Federation and after an investigation into Hillary Clinton's private use of emails during her stint as secretary of state. So, instead, he hid.

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But nothing quite compares with Spicer's approach to announcing the news - which he did, initially, by shouting it at random to reporters who happened to be standing near the entrance to the press office. At first, they said they might do a briefing, then decided they absolutely wouldn't. "He then disappeared inside, enveloped by the warmly lit White House".

"Just turn the lights off. Turn the lights off!"

They said Trump was prompted by a scathing memo written by Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, only to acknowledge Trump had been planning to fire Comey regardless of the recommendation. Period. Case closed. Bye! After 10 minutes, he left.

In perhaps another sign of mixed messaging from the Trump administration, Vice President Mike Pence said that when Mr Rosenstein "brought the recommendation to the president that the director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation should be removed, President Trump provided the kind of strong and decisive leadership the American people have come to be accustomed from him".

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