This is serious! Trump is signaling not trusting the White House press corps.
Trump’s incoming Press Secretary Sean Spicer reportedly sent a chilling waning to media, saying the new administration is expected to communicate through social media, bypassing the White House briefing room.
Washington Examiner reported:
President-elect Donald Trump is set to blow up the White House briefing room, ending the cozy relationship and practices of the past as he seizes on new ways to communicate with his nearly 45 million social media followers, according to incoming Press Secretary Sean Spicer.
“Business as usual is over,” he said.
Talking with conservative talk radio giant Hugh Hewitt, Spicer also indicated that Trump plans to run for reelection.
In the interview, Hewitt won a promise that Trump will continue to do talk radio, itself a switch from traditional presidential communications practice.
And instead of sticking to standard East Room and briefing room press conferences, Spicer said Trump and his communications team plan to use several additional avenues including Twitter, Instagram and Facebook.
“He doesn’t look to the past and say I’ve got to conform to these precedents. He figures out what’s the best way. And so maybe we do, you know, a series of press conferences, but maybe we do some town halls, you know, Facebook town halls. Maybe we go out and solicit input from Twitter,” said Spicer, also the incoming communications director.
“There’s no question that you see through the platforms that exist right now, whether it’s Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, he’s closing in on like 45 million people that he can have a conversation with, that there are new and modern tools that exist that while we have to sort of do these press conferences because they’re part of the fabric of our country, if you will, there are also some new opportunities that we can be utilizing to bring more people into the process and have a conservation with the American people and not just limit it through the filter of the mainstream media,” he added.
Spicer, a long-time Republican communicator with a good relationship with the media, said that he is eager to begin a job of a lifetime.