White House press secretary says Trump will decide when she holds first press briefing

White House press secretary says Trump will decide when she holds first press briefing
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White House press secretary Stephanie GrishamStephanie GrishamWhite House vows to appeal ruling blocking use of military funds for border wall On The Money: Pelosi, Trump tout deal on new NAFTA | McConnell says no trade vote until impeachment trial wraps up | Lawmakers push spending deadline to Thursday Trump, White House rip Democrats over impeachment articles MORE on Monday reiterated that the administration will resume daily press briefings at the direction of President TrumpDonald John TrumpSenate gears up for battle over witnesses in impeachment trial Vulnerable Democrats tout legislative wins, not impeachment Trump appears to set personal record for tweets in a day MORE.

In an email to CNN Business, Grisham doubled down on the administration's criticism of the "spectacle" of White House press briefings under a Trump presidency, the last of which occurred 245 days ago, CNN noted.

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"That is ultimately his decision," Grisham said, referring to Trump. "The briefings, which are meant to inform the public, were becoming a spectacle."

Grisham has previously suggested that reporters used televised press briefings to "get famous" at the expense of the president.

"To be honest, the briefings have become a lot of theatre," Grisham said in September on Fox News. "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."

The top White House aide has also defended Trump's accessibility to the press, telling Sinclair Broadcasting's Eric Bolling in August that Trump was "the most accessible president in modern history."

"I don’t know what any of the press could complain about,” she added at the time.

Trump himself has frequently sparred with reporters at televised news conferences, including CNN's Jim AcostaJames (Jim) AcostaTrump campaign exploits Bloomberg News blunder Marianne Williamson roasted for claim Trump pardoned Charles Manson White House press secretary says Trump will decide when she holds first press briefing MORE whose disagreements with Grisham's predecessor, Sarah HuckabeeSarah Elizabeth SandersBill Press: Mulvaney proves need for daily briefings White House correspondent April Ryan to moderate fundraising event for Buttigieg White House press secretary defends lack of daily briefings: Trump 'is the most accessible president in history' MORE Sanders, often made headlines.