After a brief appearance in the White House briefing room and some remarks on border security, the president and his press secretary left without answering a single question from the press.
Trump made a push for his long-promised border wall during the impromptu briefing as he stood alongside Border Patrol agents.
The president claimed to know more about drone technology than any person as he concluded his remarks: “Without a wall, you cannot have border security. It won’t work….Having a drone fly overhead and I think nobody knows much more about technology, this type of [drone] technology, certainly than I do. Having drones and various other form of sensors, they’re all fine but they’re not gonna stop the problems this country has.
As Trump and Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders left the podium and walked out toward the door, a reporter shouts: “Sarah, are you coming back? Are you not taking any questions at all?”
A second reporter shouts: “The point of the briefing room is to take questions.”
As Trump walks out of the White House briefing room — his first appearance in the room as president — without taking any questions, reporters shout out after him.
"The point of the briefing room is to take questions!" one reporter yells. pic.twitter.com/RULW94pZpU
— Justin Baragona (@justinbaragona) January 3, 2019
No questions. The president came out with border patrol agents to the podium and called for a wall, while introducing the agents — who echoed his call. "Will there be no questions today?" @kaitlancollins could be heard shouting as everyone retreated.
— Josh Dawsey (@jdawsey1) January 3, 2019
As CNN’s chief media correspondent Brian Stelter noted, the anger seems to be directed at Sander’s for falsely promising to hold a “briefing.”
“The @PressSec announced a ‘briefing,’ but did not hold one,” Stelter wrote.
The @PressSec announced a "briefing," but did not hold one. Trump spoke, but left without taking any Q's. A reporter shouted: "Sarah, are you coming back? Are you not taking any questions at all?" She didn't.
— Brian Stelter (@brianstelter) January 3, 2019
Shortly after the “briefing,” CNN’s White House correspondent Kaitlan Collins tweeted: “It’s not a press briefing if you don’t take questions.”
It’s not a press briefing if you don’t take questions.
— Kaitlan Collins (@kaitlancollins) January 3, 2019