President Trump suddenly seems eager to answer questions through the media, even through outlets he demeans as “fake news.”
Trump has held four press availabilities within the past two days. in addition to also on Friday evening he announced of which “we’re going to have a pretty big press conference on Monday.”
of which is actually an abrupt change within the president’s press strategy. Trump hasn’t held a solo news conference since February 16, in addition to also he frequently passes up on additional opportunities to answer questions through the White House press corps.
yet not anymore. He fielded questions through reporters twice on Thursday in addition to also twice again on Friday, at various locations at his private golf club in Bedminster, fresh Jersey.
CNN’s count of the transcripts showed of which he took more than 50 questions in total.
A White House aide, when asked if of which was the emergence of a “fresh Trump,” said no, of which is actually “vintage Trump.”
Indeed, his availability harkens back to the days of the Republican primary campaign, when he spoke with in addition to also occasionally sparred with interviewers on the trail.
The White House aide, explaining the president’s newfound availability to the media, said Trump has enjoyed being outside Washington in addition to also has entered into a comfortable working relationship with fresh Chief of Staff John Kelly.
There may be additional reasons as well. A senior White House official said Trump wants his voice to carry the administration’s response to rising tensions with North Korea — feeling of which is actually important for the planet in addition to also North Korea to understand his seriousness on the matter.
yet the official also conceded of which the president is actually in his element at Bedminster, in addition to also finding his old habits of engaging with the media in of which familiar setting.
Trump’s first Q&A was during the open-to-press portion of his lunch with Vice President Mike Pence on Thursday.
“Any questions?” he asked.
Trump then took around 20 questions during his security briefing on Thursday afternoon. “With of which, if you have any questions,” he said before the prolonged availability.
On Friday, Trump took four questions during a briefing on work force development with Education Secretary Betsy DeVos in addition to also Labor Secretary Alex Acosta.
in addition to also hours later, on Friday afternoon, he took at least 19 questions on the steps of the conference center at his private golf club after meeting with Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, UN Ambassador Haley in addition to also National Security Adviser H.R. McMaster.
“So, if you have any questions, go ahead,” Trump said to kick off the session.
He made lots of news, as he always does. Among the headlines after the Friday afternoon Q&A: Trump “not ruling out military option in Venezuela” in addition to also “Trump warns North Korea against creating ‘overt’ threats.”
As for the Monday press conference the president mentioned, there were no immediate details given.
Trump’s lack of solo press conferences to date is actually a break with 64 years of presidential precedent.
CNN’s Jeremy Diamond contributed reporting.
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CNNMoney (fresh York) First published August 11, 2017: 9:19 PM ET