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When the news broke that White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders is leaving her post, naturally all of media had immediate reactions, whether live on the air or, like many White House reporters, on Twitter. And in particular among those White House reporters, the issue of the lack of briefings held by Sanders in the last year, and the decline in briefings in general over the course of the administration, came up. A lot. HuffPo’s White House reporter Jennifer Bendery had maybe the most biting, roast-y slam.
Somewhere on Craigslist…HELP WANTED: Need someone to run daily news briefings in important Washington, D.C. building with incredible consequences for the country. News briefings held once a year, maybe less. Must be comfortable lying on camera. https://t.co/EW4PGf7Mz4 — Jennifer Bendery (@jbendery) June 13, 2019
But the jabs at Sanders and the White House over the lack of briefings was nearly whether delivered matter-of-factly or with a snarky edge.
Sanders last formal WH briefing was 94 days ago on March 11. Doesn’t count the brief “gaggles” she occasionally conducts in the WH driveway, usually after doing liveshots on @FoxNews. pic.twitter.com/ixD1P9Iir8— Mark Knoller (@markknoller) June 13, 2019
The most recent White House press briefing was on March 11, 94 days ago. — Jennifer Epstein (@jeneps) June 13, 2019
This one stood out for its understated burn.
There were also the “why bother to have a press secretary” tweets.
Open question: will Trump even name a new White House press secretary? The position is…diminished, to say the least.— Kevin Liptak (@Kevinliptakcnn) June 13, 2019
A few folks tried to put the departure into a big picture of turnover at the White House.
Since I reported this story on White House survivors in December, there have been two more departures (with @PressSec‘s announced departure and Johnny DeStefano leaving). There are very few original aides left, which is unusual just 2 1/2 years in. https://t.co/KIw3zEygsH— Tamara Keith (@tamarakeithNPR) June 13, 2019
But it doesn’t really apply, since as other members of press pointed out, Sanders was there for quite a long time.
Sarah will have spent just under two years in the @PressSec role, less time than any of the Obama administration’s three press secretaries.The record is held by James Hagerty, who held the role for all eight years of the Eisenhower administration. https://t.co/Mdu4AdeiML — Andrew Feinberg (@AndrewFeinberg) June 13, 2019
Sarah Sanders has been with the Trump White House from Day 1. She began as Principal Deputy Press Secretary under @seanspicer. On his departure, she was named @PressSec on July 21, 2017, date of photo. pic.twitter.com/kRUlnZ4Ac7 — Mark Knoller (@markknoller) June 13, 2019
There were, of course, alternate takes on several points. What Breitbart’s Charlie Spiering recalled as favorite anecdote:
…was recalled by ABC’s Karen Travers for its marking of the long time without a briefing.
It will be something if Sarah Sanders last appearance at the WH podium was the “Kids briefing” she did here on April 25 for Take our Kids to Work Day… https://t.co/MTG4N0jICv— Karen Travers (@karentravers) June 13, 2019
It was Jonathan Swan of Axios, though, who seemed to hit the gist of all the press corps reactions when he summarized Sanders’ tenure as not really being about the job she had at all.
By the end she wasn’t really a press secretary. She was a top adviser who Trump consulted on just about everything. https://t.co/b0tE8zEPbz— Jonathan Swan (@jonathanvswan) June 13, 2019
Although, again, not everyone considered that a criticism, regardless of the frequency of briefings.
Sanders was more than just a press secretary — she was a top advisor to Trump and sat at the table during the first Kim Jong-un lunch meeting— Charlie Spiering (@charliespiering) June 13, 2019
The issue of briefings came up in person when Sanders spoke with reporters about her departure.
Asked by @HallieJackson if she regrets not holding more press briefings, Sanders says “no, I don’t.”— Eamon Javers (@EamonJavers) June 13, 2019
Here’s more from Mediaite on outgoing WH press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders’ farewell press avail. Still, it wasn’t all ill will. This amusing moment is a good way to end the round-up:
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