U.S. President Donald Trump suggested cancelling “press briefings” for the “sake of accuracy” on Friday morning, during a series of tweets continuing his ongoing battle with the U.S. media.
“The Fake Media is working overtime today!” Trump said.
Trump appeared to be defending the White House’s contradictory storyline of why the president fired FBI Director James Comey.
When Comey was fired, the president’s advisers initially said the move was in response to a recommendation by Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein. But Trump then said Thursday he had planned to fire Comey regardless.
Trump blamed his busy schedule and defended his spokespeople, saying it’s difficult for them “to stand at podium with perfect accuracy.”
“As a very active President with lots of things happening, it is not possible for my surrogates to stand at podium with perfect accuracy!” the president tweeted.
Trump then suggested doing away with “press briefings” all together.
“Maybe the best thing to do would be to cancel all future “press briefings” and hand out written responses for the sake of accuracy???”
Trump also reiterated his stance that reports of Russian collusion were “fabricated.”
“Again, the story that there was collusion between the Russians & Trump campaign was fabricated by Dems as an excuse for losing the election,” the president tweeted.
During a NBC News interview that aired Thursday, Trump said he had dinner and phone conversations with the FBI director who assured Trump that he wasn’t under investigation.
In Comey’s termination letter, Trump thanked the FBI boss for telling him “three times” that he wasn’t under investigation for Russian collusion.
Trump warned Comey Friday saying he “better hope” there are no “tapes” of the conversations between the two of them.
“James Comey better hope that there are no “tapes” of our conversations before he starts leaking to the press!” Trump tweeted.
During the White House daily press briefing Friday afternoon, press secretary Sean Spicer was asked whether Trump recorded his conversations with Comey.
“I assume you’re referring to the tweet, and I talked to the president and the president has nothing further to add on that,” Spicer said.
“Are there recording devices in the Oval Office or in the residence?” a member of the press pool asked.
“As I’ve said for the third time, there’s nothing further to add on that,” Spicer said.
The White House spokesperson was further pressed on Trump’s tweets about the fired FBI boss.
“A former FBI official said the president’s tweet, the implicit threat to former FBI director James Comey indicates the president, in his words, is ‘Simply out of control,’ is he?” a reporter asked.
“That’s frankly offensive,” Spicer said.
Comey was fired Tuesday.