The end of the White House press briefing? Trump threatens on Twitter

In the middle of a tweet-storm about James Comey, China, and other topics, the president said he could end the daily press event.

President Donald Trump tweeted Friday morning that he might discontinue the White House press briefing while posting about the performance of his media shop surrogates.

Trump followed up with what appeared to be a veiled threat lobbed at recently fired FBI Director James Comey, whose sacking has been bungled with contradictory messaging from the White House.

Members of the media quickly highlighted the gaps in the White House’s logic about the press briefing, saying the problem isn’t the forum but the messages from Press Secretary Sean Spicer and his deputy, Sarah Huckabee Sanders, who has filled in for him for much of the past week.

Asked about the president’s tweet at Friday’s briefing, Spicer said Trump is "a little dismayed" at his treatment by the media.

"We come out here and try to do everything we can to provide you and the American people with what he’s doing on their behalf, what he’s doing to keep the nation safe, what he’s doing to grow jobs," he said. "And yet we see time and time again an attempt to parse every little word and make it more of a game of gotcha as opposed to really figuring out what the policies are, why something’s being pursued, or what the update is on this. I think that’s where there’s a lot of dismay and it’s not something just the president alone feels."

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