I’m not sure if President Trump is still a reader of Powdered Wig (he tweeted one of my articles to the world in February, 2016) or if his staff reads Powdered Wig (Sean Spicer was a regular reader), but it certainly looks that way. President Trump, as I suggested directly, has established a set of four press briefing rules that are very close to the rules I suggested on November 7, which follow and can be found in this article…. my suggested White House Press Briefing Rules
If I were President Trump, I would introduce a new set of press briefing rules:
- You are permitted to ask one question.
- Once you ask your question, turn the mic over to an usher and take your seat. I will then answer the question. You may not ask a follow-up question.
- If you ask more than one question, I will answer neither of them, your mic will be turned off, you will be escorted from the room, and banned from the White House for one week.
- Should a second offense occur after you have been allowed to return to the White House, you will be escorted from the White House immediately, and you and your network will be banned from the White House for the duration of my administration.
Following are the rules President has now established to govern White House press briefings. Not quite as tough as the rules I suggested, but close:
- “A journalist called upon to ask a question will ask a single question and then will yield the floor to other journalists;
- At the discretion of the President or other White House official taking questions, a follow-up question or questions may be permitted; and where a follow up has been allowed and asked, the questioner will then yield the floor;
- ‘Yielding the floor’ includes, when applicable, physically surrendering the microphone to White House staff for use by the next questioner;
- Failure to abide by any of rules (1)-(3) may result in suspension or revocation of the journalist’s hard pass.”
I would add another rule requiring that all questions be relevant to the topic of the briefing. It was not uncommon for Jim Acosta, during a press briefing with a foreign head of state, for example, to blurt out questions regarding Stormy Daniels or wanting to know why so many people believe he is a racist, etc., etc., and he often did this without being called on and repeated the question several times, no matter the answer, and followed up with another irrelevant “gotcha” question until finally being forced to stop. Disgraceful!
It is a shame that rules have to be established because one crybaby, pictured above, can’t practice common courtesy and the generally accepted rules of decorum.
Per White House letter to Acosta on Nov. 19, here are the new rules for press conferences at the White House. pic.twitter.com/a6C2pmLv2K
— ErikWemple (@ErikWemple) November 19, 2018
— Jake Tapper (@jaketapper) November 19, 2018
Press briefings are conducted at the pleasure of the president. The president has a right to establish rules of conduct, never before necessary until Jim Asshole came along. President Trump is bending over backward to accommodate and the left continues to demand more. Enough!
— Thomas Madison (@tmadison200) November 21, 2018
— Jakeandcrew (@JanetDoyle14) November 20, 2018