Trump: May Cancel Briefings for ‘Sake of Accuracy’

FILE - In this May 10, 2017 file photo, President Donald Trump talks to reporters in the Oval Office of the White House in Washington.

By Published on May 12, 2017

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump tweeted several times Friday morning after the firing of FBI Director James Comey, defending the narrative and timeline his administration gave for the decision.

He questioned whether his administration should cancel all future press briefings and, instead, replace them with written responses to questions, “for the sake of accuracy.”

The president’s advisers said this week that Trump fired Comey on Tuesday in response to a recommendation by Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein. Later, however, they said that Trump had planned to fire Comey regardless.

The president tweeted, “As a very active President with lots of things happening, it is not possible for my surrogates to stand at podium with perfect accuracy!”

He added, “Maybe the best thing to do would be to cancel all future ‘press briefings’ and hand out written responses for the sake of accuracy???”

White House spokeswoman Sarah Huckabee Sanders said the information she and her colleagues offered was consistent. “It was a quick-moving process,” she said. “We took the information we had as best we have it and got it out to the American people as quickly as we could.”

White House spokesman Sean Spicer said Tuesday that Rosenstein drafted the memo raising concerns about Comey on his own accord. The next day, Sanders said the president asked Rosenstein to put his concerns in writing.

The White House said the president had decided to fire Comey based on the recommendations by Rosenstein and Attorney General Jeff Sessions.

“We want this to come to its conclusion, we want it to come to its conclusion with integrity,” said Sanders. “And we think that we’ve actually, by removing Director Comey, taken steps to make that happen.”

Earlier Friday, Trump reiterated his view that reports about collusion with the Russian government by members of his 2016 campaign are “fabricated.”

The president tweeted, “Again, the story that there was collusion between the Russians & Trump campaign was fabricated by Dems as an excuse for losing the election.”

“The Fake Media is working overtime today!” he added.

The latest tweets are not the first time the administration has said Trump may limit media access. During the transition, Trump’s advisers floated the idea of moving the media from the White House to the nearby Executive Office Building to accommodate media interest.

 

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