In July, President Donald Trump met with Russian President Vladimir Putin, floated a get-together with Iran’s leaders to discuss a new nuclear deal, bragged about strong economic growth and threatened to shut down the federal government.
In that time, White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders held just three briefings for reporters to ask questions about the activity of a hectic administration.
As the calendar turned to August, Sanders did appear at the podium Wednesday — her first briefing in nine days — and the top issue on the docket was where she’d been lately.
“First, a quick note on behalf of the press corps: Last month, there were only three briefings with you, totaling under an hour,” said AP reporter Zeke Miller, a White House Correspondents’ Association board member, adding that reporters would appreciate having more. “There are a lot of issues we’d like to cover.”