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Chuck Todd: ‘We Declined’ WH’s Offer to Send Deputy Press Sec. as Guest Instead of Senior Official

During today’s broadcast of Meet the Press, host Chuck Todd addressed the audience and explained why there was nobody on today’s program representing the White House.

“As we always do, we asked the White House for any of a number of senior officials to join us the morning,” Todd noted. “Especially Cabinet secretaries; we always ask for them.”

He continued, “Ultimately, instead of suggesting a senior administration official or Cabinet secretary, the White House offered a deputy press secretary. And so we declined.”

This comes on the heels of President Donald Trump once again railing against the mainstream media during his CPAC speech last week, which was followed by certain outlets being blocked from a White House press gaggle. Trump then took to Twitter yesterday to state that he will not be attending the White House Correspondents’ Dinner this year.

Watch the clip above, via NBC News.

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