Sanders starts briefing with Trump video address

In an unusual move, White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders on Thursday opened her daily press briefing by playing a video in which President TrumpDonald TrumpSix big off-year elections you might be missing Twitter suspends GOP Rep. Banks for misgendering trans health official Meghan McCain to Trump: 'Thanks for the publicity' MORE touts his recent signing of a sweeping tax code rewrite.

"The historic tax cut I signed into law just two weeks ago, before Christmas, is already delivering major economic gains," Trump says in the video.

"Hundreds of thousands of Americans are seeing larger paychecks, bigger bonuses and higher pension contribution, and it's all because of the tax cuts and the tax reform and I want to thank all of the companies that work so hard to do it."



White House press secretaries typically begin their daily briefings by reading prepared statements.

If the president wants to address the media, he usually does it in person. The press briefing room is located just feet from the Oval Office. 

Trump spoke to the media earlier Thursday in the Roosevelt Room during a meeting with Republican senators on immigration.

In the video, Trump thanked a number of companies, including AT&T, Bank of America and Southwest Airlines, among others, who have promised bonuses or wage increases since the tax measure was signed last month.

Trump touted announcements by some companies that they would raise their minimum wage to $15 per hour, saying that the increases were done voluntarily.

"I mean, they did that voluntarily, which many politicians said could only be achieved by government mandate," he said.

The GOP tax plan slashed the corporate tax from 35 percent to 21 percent and offered more modest, temporary cuts to the individual tax rates.

Republicans have touted the plan as a way to spur economic growth and attract businesses to the U.S., while Democrats have argued that it amounts to a massive windfall for the wealthiest Americans.