The organization that represents White House journalists said Tuesday the recent lack of organized press briefings in the West Wing "sets a bad precedent" and should be reversed.
White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders talks to reporters following an interview with Fox News outside the West Wing at the White House October 25, 2018, in Washington, D.C. "Fox & Friends" co-host Ainsley Earhardt asked Sanders, "why the inflated figure?" on suspected terrorist apprehensions at the border.
Mr Knox called the briefings a way to "highlight that no one in a healthy republic is above being questioned".
Press briefings, which used to be a near-daily occurrence, have become a rarity in the Trump White House.
"I told her not to bother, the word gets out anyway!"
In a tweet, the president said Tuesday that most of the press corps "will never cover us fairly".
Trump frequently attacks the press as "fake news" and has drawn criticism from the media for calling its members "the enemy of the people" for what he views as unfair or biased coverage.
"Look, I don't think we're going to listen to her on much of anything, particularly not on matters we're gonna leave in the hands of a much, much higher authority, and certainly not listen to the freshman Congresswoman on when the world may end". The last press briefing was December 18-35 days ago, which marks Sanders' longest stretch away from the podium.
"A lot of the times when we don't come to the podium it's because the president has addressed the American people himself".
"I do believe that he messed up in his comments Tuesday", Ryan said of the president during a televised town hall held nine days after the riot, "when it sounded like moral equivalency, or at the very least, moral ambiguity, when we need extreme moral clarity".
"It's kind of ridiculous". Instead, she has been giving informal briefings just outside the briefing room, as have other administration officials such as Kellyanne Conway.