On Twitter early Friday, President Trump suggested that he might end White House press briefings and threatened fired Federal Bureau of Investigation director James Comey with an allusion to "tapes" of their conversations.
"He's telling me, 'Just keep doing what you're doing because we're having a great impact, '" Trump said.
Trump's lawyers released a letter stating 10 years of his tax returns show little income, investments or debt from Russian sources with a "few exceptions". But, when Judge Jeanine asks him about the report, the president says he doesn't think "it would have been a bad question to ask". "The White House Correspondents' Association would object to any move that would threaten those constitutionally-protected principles". "There is no good time to do it, by the way", Trump told NBC anchor Lester Holt. He agreed with Pirro's assertion that he moves so quickly, his communications staff can not keep up. By week's end, he was musing about cutting back on the White House's televised press briefings. Politico also indicated Spicer was more upset about the Post article than he was about the negative press the president had been receiving for the way Comey's firing was executed and explained.
Trump fired Comey not long after he sent the hapless Spicer out to tell the media Comey had the president's "full confidence". Deputy Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee-Sanders filled in for him during his absence; this prompted some to suspect that Trump is considering replacing the latter with the former, although BuzzFeed reported that this isn't the case.
Trump is mulling expanding the communications team and has eyed hiring producers from Fox News, according to one White House official.
Pirro said that until Trump takes the matter off the table, the country won't be able to focus his accomplishments while people "play politics" with the negative details.
The announcement may be coming as early as Friday, the president predicted.