Trump again suggests ending White House briefings, won't commit to Spicer

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Press Secretary Sean Spicer returned to the White House Press Room on Friday, though he decided not to clarify President Trump's latest, threatening remarks pertaining to the firing of James Comey.

Thus, Mr. Spicer had a curt response when one White House journalist asked if he had anything to say to a former Federal Bureau of Investigation official who said Trump is "out of control".

"As a very active President with lots of things happening, it is not possible for my surrogates to stand at podium with ideal accuracy!" wrote Trump, referring to aides' claims that he took action on Comey based on the recommendation of Department of Justice officials.

In an interview with Jeanine Pirro that will air Saturday at 9pm ET on "Justice", Trump reiterated what he had tweeted this morning.

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President Donald Trump's communications strategy requires the White House to delegitimize all sources of information that provide unfavorable facts about the administration.

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Spicer conducted Friday's briefing after missing most of the week because of obligations as a member of the U.S. Navy reserve. The president, a devoted viewer of coverage about himself, has given several interviews, most recently to NBC News' Lester Holt on Thursday, although he has favoured Fox News' friendlier venue. Later, the president and his advisers said Mr Trump had planned to fire Mr Comey since taking office.

Jeff Mason, the president of the White House Correspondents' Association, said: "Doing away with briefings would reduce accountability, transparency, and the opportunity for Americans to see that, in the USA system, no political figure is above being questioned".

"I think we come out here every day and try to do the best job we can communicating what the President's done", he added. Spicer said, "I've talked to the president, and he doesn't have anything to add to that".

"It seems to me that you're playing a very risky game with the currency of the credibility of the President of the United States".

If Trump does have a secret taping system in the Oval Office - and if he didn't, either Trump or Spicer could have answered with a simple "there is no recording system" - this is an absurd self-sabotage of the president's own interests. According to the report, Trump asked Comey to pledge his loyalty to him, but Comey refused, saying "he would always be honest with him, but that he was not "reliable" in the conventional political sense".