In a barrage of tweets posted on Friday, President Donald Trump threw out a radical suggestion.
"We don’t have press conferences," President Trump suggested during an interview with Fox News' Jeanine Pirro. "We just don’t have them. Unless I have them every two weeks and do it myself. We don’t have them. I think it's a good idea."
President Trump continued to toss out ideas for reforming the current press conference protocol, adding that he thinks press secretary Sean Spicer is a "wonderful human being" that gets unfairly lampooned by the media. Trump associates also suggested that the press conferences move out of the White House entirely, noting that the Eisenhower Executive Office Building would be a better place for the updates. He added that distributing written updates would be a great way to inform the public instead of the daily briefing.
Twitter users quickly fired back at President Trump's idea of shutting down the press conferences, noting that the media — and by extension, the general public — has a right to have access to the White House and the happenings within it.
The White House staff said in a statement that written updates "would reduce accountability, transparency, and the opportunity for Americans to see that, in the U.S. system, no political figure is above being questioned." That would, according to the administration, also cut down on inconsistencies, such as Sarah Huckabee Sanders statement on Thursday, which didn't exactly align with an interview Trump had with Lester Holt later the same day. Forbes adds that Trump's threat of cancellation won't likely materialize, especially since he's obsessed with media coverage and noted back in April that Spicer "gets great ratings. Everyone tunes in."