CNN anchor to Trump: 'Cancel lies' instead of cancelling press briefings

CNN anchor John Berman responded to President Trump’s threat Friday to cancel daily White House press briefings, suggesting Trump instead “cancel lies.”

“You could cancel briefings. You could do that,” Berman said on CNN’s "Newsroom," adding, "Another choice would be to cancel lies."

Trump floated the possibility Friday morning of canceling "all future" press briefings for the "sake of accuracy." The suggestion was met with criticism from members of the media, who regularly attend the daily briefings.


“As a very active President with lots of things happening, it is not possible for my surrogates to stand at podium with perfect accuracy!” Trump tweeted, suggesting written responses be handed out instead of holding briefings "for the sake of accuracy."

Trump’s tweets came after multiple inconsistencies emerged in the White House's explanation for Trump's decision to fire FBI Director James Comey.

The White House originally said on Tuesday that Trump’s decision was based on a recommendation from Attorney General Jeff SessionsJefferson (Jeff) Beauregard SessionsDOJ puts its integrity in doubt by interfering with immigration courts Trump shakes up Justice Department, intelligence community Do people think ill of Jeff Sessions merely based on the sound of his voice? MORE and Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein. But Trump contradicted that explanation during a Thursday interview.

"I was going to fire regardless of the recommendation," he told NBC's Lester Holt. 

White House deputy press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said Thursday that she had briefed reporters on Comey’s firing at the White House a day earlier using incomplete information. She insisted that the administration’s account of the firing remained "consistent."