Stephanie Grisham slams open letter from ex-press secretaries: ‘This is groupthink at its finest’ – By Jessica Chasmar (The Washington Times) / Jan 13 2020
White House press secretary Stephanie Grisham on Sunday slammed an open letter signed by seven former White House press secretaries that called for the return of daily press briefings.
“This is groupthink at its finest,” Ms. Grisham told Axios. “The press has unprecedented access to President Trump, yet they continue to complain because they can’t grandstand on TV. They’re not looking for information, they’re looking for a moment.”
Her comments come after 13 former White House press secretaries, foreign service and military officials penned an open letter for CNN, writing, “We respectfully urge the resumption of regular press briefings across our government, especially in the places where Americans want the truth, our allies in the world want information, and where all of us, hopefully, want to see American values reflected.”
Ms. Grisham, who has never held a formal press briefing since she assumed her role in July, argued that the media is given “unprecedented” access to Mr. Trump and that she and her team are “always available to the press.”
“This president is unorthodox in everything he’s done,” she said. “He’s rewritten the rules of politics. His press secretary and everyone else in the administration is reflective of that.