Incoming White House press secretary Sean Spicer suggested in an interview with conservative talk radio host Hugh Hewitt that president-elect Donald Trump might replace regular presidential press conferences with chats on Twitter and Facebook.
“Do you expect him to keep up a regular and as energetic a series of press conferences as previous presidents?” Hewitt asked Thursday. “Do you expect him to be more or less engaged than previous presidents with that setting, that formal East Room setting sort of thing?”
“That’s a good question,” responded Spicer, “because I think the thing that you’ve seen with Donald Trump is that he doesn’t look to the past and say ‘I’ve got to conform to these precedents.’ He figures out what’s the best way.”
“And so maybe we do a series of press conferences, but maybe we do some town hall, you know, Facebook town halls. Maybe we go out and solicit input from Twitter. I don’t– the answer is we’re looking at a lot of things,” he continued.
Spicer did say that Trump wouldn’t do away with press conferences entirely, calling them “part of the fabric of our country” that they “have to sort of do.” But he argued that Trump’s millions of social media followers awarded “some new opportunities we can be utilizing to bring more people into the process and have a conservation with the American people, and not just limit it through the filter of the mainstream media.”
Listen above, via The Hugh Hewitt Show.
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