White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders got called out by a journalist about when she would brief actual reporters during an off-the-record ‘Take Our Daughters and Sons to Work Day’ mock press briefing on Thursday.
It has been 45 days since Sanders held a real press briefing, the longest span in White House history, according to the nonprofit consumer advocacy group Public Citizen.
“Sarah, when will you brief for the real reporters?” the Associated Press’s White House reporter Darlene Superville asked at the end of the briefing for kids.
Sanders gave no answer, according to ABC News’s White House correspondent Karen Travers.
“Sarah, when will you brief for the real reporters," AP's @dsupervilleap asked at the end of the kids WH briefing. No answer from the podium.
— Karen Travers (@karentravers) April 25, 2019
NPR’s White House correspondent Tamara Keith reported that the White House attempted to insist that the briefing for the kids be off-the-record.
President Trump in late January tweeted that he directed Sanders “not to bother” to hold press briefings because the media “will never cover us fairly.”
“The reason Sarah Sanders does not go to the ‘podium’ much anymore is that the press covers her so rudely & inaccurately, in particular certain members of the press,” Trump tweeted. “I told her not to bother, the word gets out anyway! Most will never cover us fairly & hence, the term, Fake News!”
Sarah Huckabee Sanders makes some news at kids’ press briefing:
—Trump will speak at Air Force academy graduation in Colorado next month.
—NASCAR driver Joe Logano will be at WH soon.
(White House gave permission to report those parts of this off record briefing.) pic.twitter.com/pu02ibeFad
— Jennifer Jacobs (@JenniferJJacobs) April 25, 2019
Vice President Mike Pence also made a surprise appearance after Sanders invited her children to stand at the podium.