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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 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 reiterated that the administration will resume daily press briefings at the direction of President TrumpDonald TrumpLil Wayne gets 11th hour Trump pardon Trump grants clemency to more than 100 people, including Bannon Trump expected to pardon Bannon: reports 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) AcostaWomen to lead major networks' White House coverage at start of Biden era CNN expanding Jake Tapper's show to two hours, shortening Wolf Blitzer's show CNN's Acosta moving away from White House MORE whose disagreements with Grisham's predecessor, Sarah HuckabeeSarah SandersHouse Republican condemns anti-Trump celebrities during impeachment hearing Sarah Sanders on Trump's reported war dead criticism: 'Those comments didn't happen' Sarah Sanders memoir reportedly says Trump joked she should hook up with Kim Jong Un MORE Sanders, often made headlines.