Sean Spicer delivered his first on-camera press briefing in about a week––and said something utterly ludicrous.
That doesn't sound like a noteworthy feat––this is the same man who inspired perhaps the most accurate impersonation ever seen on Saturday Night Live ––but it's significant as Spicer prepares to bow out of his role as White House Press Secretary.
When a reporter grilled the often combative Spicer on the Trump administration's continued reliance on closed-door decision-making and lack of transparency, Spicer defended the communications team.
“We’ve looked at a lot of data that suggests that, when you look at the number of availabilities and interviews that the president has given,” Spicer said, “it’s pretty significant compared to past administrations.”
The American Presidency Project at University of California Santa Barbara keeps a tally of presidential news conferences. Take a look at their metrics below.
These figures exclude joint news conferences with other foreign leaders. If one includes those figures, Trump has had 10, fewer than any president except Ronald Reagan.
In fact, Trump has not had a sit-down with a reporter since May 13, when he was interviewed by Fox News’s Jeanine Pirro. That was the last time a member of the media was allowed access to the president for any extended period. Trump held far more press conferences before winning the election, as demonstrated by the chart below.
So is Spicer talking about the same president?
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