Authors Stephen King, Don Winslow promise over $200K to charity if White House holds press briefing
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Don Winslow and Stephen King, both best-selling authors who have been outspoken in their criticism of the Trump administration, have promised to donate over $200,000 to charity if White House press secretary Stephanie GrishamStephanie GrishamKayleigh McEnany joins Fox News as co-host of 'Outnumbered' Melania Trump says she was 'disappointed and disheartened' watching Capitol riots Trump resignations gaining steam MORE holds a press briefing this week. 

Winslow, the writer behind best-selling novels like “The Force,” first made the offer over Twitter on Wednesday. 

 “Dear @PressSec, It has been 301 days since The White House held a press briefing," Winslow wrote in a tweet addressed to Grisham. 


“I will donate $75,000 to St. Jude Children's Research Hospital in your name if you will hold a one hour press conference *this week* with the full White House Press Corps. What are you afraid of Stephanie?” the author continued. “Best, Don Winslow.”

The pot got larger when King joined in on Wednesday afternoon, tweeting: “I’ll match that, making $150,000. But full press corps.”

According to CNN, the White House held its last daily press briefing on March 11, 2019, which was 304 days ago. At that time, Grisham’s predecessor, Sarah HuckabeeSarah SandersAndrew Giuliani planning run for New York governor Trump appears at Sarah Huckabee Sanders campaign event Trump likely to form new super PAC MORE Sanders, held the post as the White House’s chief spokesperson.

In an interview back in September, Grisham said that she would consider restoring the official press briefings, but added that the final decision would be up to President TrumpDonald TrumpTrump: McConnell 'helpless' to stop Biden from packing court Romney on NRSC awarding Trump: Not 'my preference' McConnell sidesteps Trump calling him 'dumb son of a b----' MORE.


“The president also — he’s so accessible, so right now I think that’s good enough,” she said then.

On Thursday, CNN anchor Jaker Tapper revealed on Twitter that he asked Grisham about the offers from both Winslow and King. 

Grisham reportedly criticized the offers in response, saying: “If you have $200,000 to play with, why not just help children because it’s a good thing to do?” 

“Donations to charity should never come with strings attached,” she added, according to Tapper.