White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders will hold a rare press briefing at the White House today, her first since Dec. 18. The event is scheduled for 3:30 p.m. ET.
It’s been 41 days since a formal news conference took place in the James S. Brady Press Briefing Room, the longest span of non-camera briefings since they became a recurring White House event. President Donald Trump and Sanders have justified the scarcity of briefings by attacking the “fake news” media and saying they are more about spectacle than substance these days.
Monday’s briefing will undoubtedly involve questions about Trump’s decision to temporarily end the government shutdown, even though he hasn’t secured federal funding to build his border wall. Trump is still calling for the wall and insisting he didn’t cave by ending the shutdown, though the president’s critics and disappointed members of his base are viewing this as a retreat on his part.
Sanders will also most likely face questions about the connotations of Roger Stone arrest last week for charges of obstruction, making false statements and witness tampering. Stone’s indictment suggests that he was part of a conduit between the Trump Campaign and Wikileaks while the organization was releasing hacked emails taken from the DNC in 2016.
Since WikiLeaks is often thought of as a proxy for Russian intelligence, Stone’s arrest invites new questions about the Trump campaign’s connection to Russia, and whether they were given early notice of foreign efforts to meddle with the election.
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