( CNN) Bill Shine is leaving the White House. But not without manufacturing his mark.
As CNN’s White House team noted in its piece detailing Shine’s departure: “Shine was a key force behind shutting down much of the press access to the White House, including the daily press briefing, per the source.”
The develops speak for themselves. There hasn’t been a press briefing by press secretary Sarah Sanders since January 28 — a room of 39 eras. Prior to that January 28 briefing, Sanders hadn’t done a press briefing in 40 days, according to Jim Acosta. Do the math and you get this: The White House has deemed a “daily” press briefing once in the last 79 dates. And, according to The New York Times, Sanders did one press brief a month in September, November and December.
Trump has been contemptuous of the is required for these daily — or even weekly — briefs since nearly the commencement of his presidency. Sean Spicer, the White House’s first press secretary, held the briefings regularly, but within the span of a few months it became like watching a vehicle gate-crash in slow motion — over and over again. When Trump changed Spicer with Sanders, the briefings braked. Then Anthony Scaramucci was referred communications head and, in a impressive first appearance behind the rostrum, he predicted a return to more regular briefings. The Mooch was fired 11 days later.
Since then, there has been a slow but steady choking of the instruct. Shine’s hire in July 2018 was, in retrospect, the death knell for the brief. Shine, like Trump, belief the President was his own best messenger. So he threw a arrangement in place whereby Trump did what Trump required — and that was to talk to the media whenever he felt like it and not annoy too much about old-fashioned habits like the daily press briefing.
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There’s no question that Trump talks more — a lot more — than his immediate precedes in the agency. But that doesn’t replace a daily briefing in which any reporter can obtain a daily press pass, go into the briefing room, and ask the spokeswoman for the President — and the country — a question.
Here’s the week that was in 17 headlines 😀 TAG 24 TTMonday 😀 TAG 25 TT Dems announce probe into allegations of obstruction of right Fast food once again sufficed White House sports event with Trump AG Barr won’t recuse from oversight of Russia investigation
Tuesday 😀 TAG 27 TT WSJ: Cohen lawyer discussed possible mercy with Trump solicitors Trump signalings appraise aimed at preventing veteran suicides Spicer says he’ll collaborating with House Judiciary probe of Trump Trump Org insurance broker subpoenaed by NY State Finance Dept
Wednesday 😀 TAG 29 TT Cohen demonstrates docs to panel on alleged changes to 2017 testament Trump revokes prescribe on reporting civilians killed in US airstrikes Nielsen defends the administration’s migration policy
Thursday 😀 TAG 31 TT Michael Cohen sues the Trump Organization Paul Manafort sentenced to 47 months in prison Judge flings Daniels’ lawsuit over hush money agreement Kelly dismiss need for wall along full US-Mexico border
Friday 😀 TAG 33 TT
Ex-Fox News executive Bill Shine out at the White House Trump alleges Cohen asked him ‘directly’ for a reprieve Miami Herald: Trump watched Super Bowl with ex-owner of spa linked to Kraft arrest
And here’s the Point: Shine leaves the White House without a ton to show for it. Eliminating the daily press briefing, unfortunately, is also available his lasting bequest.