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Trump Threatens to Cancel White House Press Briefings

In a series of tweets, the president also warned James Comey against leaking anything to the media.
President Donald Trump issued a warning to the press amid a flurry of early morning tweets sent from his personal account Friday.

After tweeting that the “Fake Media is working overtime today!” the president, whose administration is dealing with the aftermath of Trump’s decision to fire FBI Director James Comey, defended his surrogates and threatened to cancel all future White House press briefings, which he used in quotation marks, for the “sake of accuracy.”

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

Trump also issued a Nixonian warning to Comey, saying the former FBI director “better hope that there are no ‘tapes’ of our conversations before he starts leaking to the press!”

It is unclear if any such recordings exist.


In an interview with NBC News’ Lester Holt that aired on Thursday, Trump indicated he had been planning to fire Comey regardless of Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein’s recommendation. “I was going to fire Comey. My decision,” he said, contradicting earlier statements put out by his White House. Trump also claimed he is not under investigation by the FBI, insisting there was no “collusion between me and my campaign and the Russians,” and that the ouster should not be seen as a warning to Comey’s successor to drop the probe.

Trump’s lashing out at the media and Comey comes on the heels of a media-aimed rant issued in Time magazine, where the president specifically targeted Stephen Colbert, calling him a “no-talent guy,” and CNN’s Chris Cuomo and Don Lemon.

Around the same time Trump was sending out his Friday morning tweets, Melissa McCarthy was spotted filming in character as press secretary Sean Spicer for her hosting gig on this weekend’s Saturday Night Live.

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