Trump says he told Sanders 'not to bother' with briefing

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In an interview with Fox News Tuesday, White House deputy press secretary Hogan Gidley defended Sanders" decision to conduct less frequent hearings, saying, "She will come back when she finds a reason to do that, because so often, so amusing, because the media often tell us when Sarah Sanders the podium, "Why can't we hear from the president?"

Trump tweeted on Tuesday morning, "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".

President Trump on Tuesday said he told Sarah Sanders "not to bother" giving press briefings, citing inaccurate coverage, as the White House press secretary continues her longest stretch away from the podium. "Because they know a little word called 'loyalty, '" Trump told Ryan, then a Wisconsin congressman.

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After Mr Trump clashed angrily with CNN reporter Jim Acosta at a press conference in November, the White House briefly withdrew his credentials, before a court ordered them reinstated.

But Sanders told host Sean Hannity: "We hope fake news doesn't become the forever brand of the news media because it's not good for the country".

"Millennials and people, you know, Gen Z and all these folks that will come after us are looking up and we're like: 'The world is gonna end in 12 years if we don't address climate change and your biggest issue is, how are we gonna pay for it?'" Ocasio-Cortez said Monday.

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"Sarah Sanders will absolutely be back to the podium...delivering the message to the American people", he said.

He added that in the past, when Sanders was appearing more regularly, the media wanted to hear more from Trump.

The frequency of briefings tapered off previous year, and Sanders has clashed with some correspondents, including CNN's Jim Acosta. Instead, she has been giving informal briefings just outside the briefing room, as have other administration officials such as Kellyanne Conway. Most often, those sessions occur after television interviews conducted from the White House grounds.

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