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Press secretary defends scarcity of daily press briefing

September 30, 2018

Communications Chief Bill Shine, left, Chief of Staff John Kelly, center, White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders listen as President Donald Trump speaks during a news conference, Wednesday, Sept. 26, 2018, in New York. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer)

WASHINGTON (AP) — White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders is defending the scarcity of the daily press briefing.

Sanders last answered questions from reporters in the White House briefing room on Sept. 10 — an appearance that followed a nearly three-week absence by Sanders.

She tells “Fox News Sunday” that she’s no longer doing a daily briefing because President Donald Trump is doing more short question-and-answer sessions with journalists.

Sanders says giving reporters the opportunity to question and get answers from the president directly is “infinitely better than talking to me.”

The daily briefing under Trump quickly became must-see TV under Sanders’ predecessor Sean Spicer and maintained its popularity during the transition to Sanders last May.

The White House Correspondents’ Association says it has raised concerns about the briefing with Sanders.

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