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 GrishamMcEnany: Prayer 'made a lot of difference' in 2016 election McEnany stamps her brand on White House press operation Impeachment figure among those chosen for Facebook's new oversight board MORE on Monday reiterated that the administration will resume daily press briefings at the direction of President TrumpDonald John TrumpTrump anti-reg push likely to end up in court Biden set to make risky economic argument against Trump Hillicon Valley: Tech companies lead way on WFH forever | States and counties plead for cybersecurity assistance | Trump weighing anti-conservative bias panel 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) AcostaIn the age of Trump, media bias comes into the spotlight Trump, officials don't wear masks on trip to mask-making facility Trump rips CNN reporter for 'self-congratulation' question: 'You don't have the brains you were born with' MORE whose disagreements with Grisham's predecessor, Sarah HuckabeeSarah Elizabeth SandersMcEnany stamps her brand on White House press operation Sanders mocks NY Times urging DNC to investigate Biden allegations: 'I thought it was an Onion headline' Donald Trump: The Boomer TV president MORE Sanders, often made headlines.