“This is an unprecedented noise of silence for the President of the United States,” CNN media correspondent Brian Stelter told Reliable Sources on Sunday.
Press briefings have “basically disappeared from the White House and from key government agencies,” he added.
While it is not uncommon for Trump’s press secretaries to take long breaks from meeting with the White House press corps, Trump himself continued to engage with journalists throughout his presidency and often spoke to them on the White House lawn on his way to the Marine One helicopter. But since November 3, Trump has stuck to his well-known Twitter feed to speak to the public.
“It’s a broader effort across the government,” White House correspondent CNN Kaitlan Collins said of “Reliable Sources” on Sunday.
“Officials either refuse to comment on this or put themselves in a situation where they know they are being asked about this right from bats by journalists,” Collins said.
White House Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany attended a news conference on Friday, her first in seven weeks. Eventually, she refused to take a question from Collins, calling her an “activist.”
Collins said McEnany’s comments did not shock her.
“The sad situation is that it did not make me or the other journalists in the room that much, I do not think, because we have seen something similar that time and time again,” Collins told Stelter.