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White House press secretary defends lack of daily briefings: Trump 'is the most accessible president in history'

White House press secretary defends lack of daily briefings: Trump 'is the most accessible president in history'
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White House press secretary Stephanie GrishamStephanie GrishamMelania Trump says she was 'disappointed and disheartened' watching Capitol riots Trump resignations gaining steam GOP senators urging Trump officials to not resign after Capitol chaos MORE on Monday defended the lack of daily news briefings, arguing that President TrumpDonald TrumpSouth Carolina Senate adds firing squad as alternative execution method Ex-Trump aide Pierson won't run for Dallas-area House seat House Oversight panel reissues subpoena for Trump's accounting firm MORE "is the most accessible president in history."

"He's his own best spokesperson," Grisham said of the president during an interview on "Fox & Friends." "And he's the most accessible president in history as all of the media knows. Just yesterday, he gaggled two or three times with the press."

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A White House press secretary has not conducted a formal briefing with reporters since March. Trump, however, regularly conducts "chopper talks" while exiting the White House on his way to board Marine One on the South Lawn. Those gaggles can last anywhere from a few minutes to a half hour.

"To be honest, the briefings have become a lot of theatre," Grisham said Monday. "And I think that a lot of reporters were doing it to get famous. They're writing books now. They're all getting famous off of this presidency, and so I think it's great what we're doing now."

Several White House correspondents, including CNN's Jim AcostaJames (Jim) AcostaThe Hill's 12:30 Report - Presented by ExxonMobil - FBI director testifies on Jan. 6 Capitol attack Conservative reporter confronts CNN's Jim Acosta at CPAC The Hill's 12:30 Report - Presented by Facebook - Supreme Court's blow to Trump MORE and National Urban Radio Network's April Ryan, have written books that primarily focus on their clashes with now-former Trump White House press secretaries Sean SpicerSean Michael SpicerPsaki signals she's open to reviving 'Skype seats' amid pandemic Newsmax rescinds Spicer's White House Correspondents' Association application: report Sean Spicer applies to join White House Correspondents' Association MORE and Sarah HuckabeeSarah SandersTrump likely to form new super PAC We knew media would coddle Biden — here's why it's much worse House Republican condemns anti-Trump celebrities during impeachment hearing MORE Sanders.

Spicer also wrote a book published in 2018 documenting his time as press secretary, and Sanders has a book planned for a release in 2020.

Trump in a tweet earlier this year said the briefings were no longer needed, saying "word gets out anyway."

"The reason Sarah SandersSarah SandersTrump likely to form new super PAC We knew media would coddle Biden — here's why it's much worse House Republican condemns anti-Trump celebrities during impeachment hearing MORE does not go to the 'podium' much anymore is that the press covers her so rudely & inaccurately, in particular certain members of the press. I told her not to bother, the word gets out anyway! Most will never cover us fairly & hence, the term, Fake News!" he wrote in January to his more than 63 million followers.