CNN’s Jim Acosta is upset over the lack of press briefings by Sarah Sanders – but that’s how Trump wanted it

Where in the world is White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders? You would think in the White House briefing room, right?

Well, over the past couple of months, Sanders’ time at the podium has been extremely limited, as CNN’s Jim Acosta lamented last week. But according to President Donald Trump, it is all by design

Acosta tries to start trouble, as usual

On Twitter this past Friday, CNN White House correspondent Jim Acosta posted a dreary image of the empty White House briefing room with an unoccupied podium.

“The WH [White House] briefing room as it’s basically been for months,” he wrote in the caption. “We see WH staffers taking pictures in here from time to time. There was one key official doing just that tonight. But it’s not really used for briefings anymore.”

It is not exactly clear whether Acosta was trying to make a point with the image or whether he was just giving viewers a behind-the-scenes glimpse at what has become of his job.

But what is sure is that he is at least partially responsible for that room’s lack of activity.

Trump dispels Sanders’ rumors

Back on Jan. 22, President Trump addressed why we rarely see Sanders in the briefing room anymore, referring to the “rude and inaccurate” treatment she has received from the press.

“The reason Sarah Sanders does not go to the “podium” much anymore is that the press covers her so rudely & inaccurately, in particular certain members of the press,” he said. “I told her not to bother, the word gets out anyway! Most will never cover us fairly & hence, the term, Fake News!”

And the president has a point. When Sanders was giving regular briefings, we all watched as she had to defend the Trump administration and at times even herself from hostile reporters who would like nothing more than to get rid of the president and all of his associates.

Decreasing activity

With that, it is not surprising that Sanders took Trump’s advice and has held a very small number of briefings since September 2018.

There was one in the month of September, on the 10th; two in October, on the 3rd and 29th; one in November, on the 27th; one in December, on the 18th; and one on Jan. 28, which was the last briefing we saw from Sanders.

Some have tried to liken the lack of official press conferences to those that would be seen under a dictatorship, but news coverage is as rampant as ever. Indeed, as Trump put it: “The word gets out anyway.”

That, coupled with the fact that Sanders no longer has to put up with ill-intentioned reporters sounds like a win-win to me.

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