White House Daily Briefings Not Coming Back Anytime Soon
White House Press Secretary Stephanie Grisham announced on Monday that the White House press briefings won’t be back anytime soon.
During an interview on Fox & Friends, Grisham said that certain members of the press only used the meetings as a way to “get famous.” One method they garnered attention was by being disrespectful to the speaker, something that President Trump didn’t appreciate.
White House Press Secretary: Trump ended press briefings because reporters "weren't being good to his people. He doesn't like that. He is very loyal to his people and he put a stop to it." pic.twitter.com/Z0OaK6kM2D
— Josh Marshall (@joshtpm) September 23, 2019
When asked when the daily press briefings might continue Grisham had this to say:
“I mean, ultimately, if the president decides that it’s something we should do, we can do that, but right now he’s doing just fine. And to be honest, the briefings have become a lot of theater. And I think that a lot of reporters were doing it to get famous. I mean, yeah, they’re writing books now. I mean, they’re all getting famous off of this presidency. And so, I think it’s great what we’re doing now.”
While some people on the Left have been unhappy with the lack of daily press briefings, Trump has given many interviews with reporters while traveling and in the White House, so the media has all the information they need.
Senator Says She Didn’t Approve Anti-Gun Ad
Virginia State Senator Amanda Chase is a well-known gun advocate and isn’t new to controversy. Earlier this year, she wore a gun on her hip while giving a speech on the Senate floor and last week she released an ad that upset many Liberals.
The ad, which was posted on Facebook, shows Chase pointing a gun with the words “I’m not afraid to shoot down gun groups, SIGN my petition to help end the assault on our liberties.”
As soon as the ad was posted, gun-control groups started claiming that she was threatening them with violence. Many Democratic politicians spoke out against the ad as well.
Instead of working to prevent gun violence, Republican Senator Amanda Chase is threatening to commit it. Disgusting, dangerous rhetoric from anyone, even worse from an elected official. pic.twitter.com/wUxdon4v4c
— Mark Herring (@MarkHerringVA) September 20, 2019
Chase has since said that the language in the ad was never approved by her campaign and that over the weekend she talked with people from the ad company demanding an apology and for them to explain the situation to the public. The Senator recorded one of the conversations where the company admitted that her campaign didn’t sign off. In that recording, Chase said if they didn’t issue an apology, she would release the recording.
In the released recording, the company admits that the revised ad was never approved and that they dropped the ball.
Software Company Won’t Renew ICE Contract
After being outed by a Twitter activist last week, a software company has decided to end its contract with ICE.
— shanley #NoTechForICE (@shanley) September 16, 2019
Barry Crist, the CEO of a Pacific North-West software company called Chef said that the company wouldn’t be ending its $95,000 contract with ICE when it’s time to renew. By Monday morning, he had completely changed his mind.
In a blog post he stated:
“After deep introspection and dialog within Chef, we will not renew our current contracts with ICE and CBP when they expire over the next year. Chef will fulfill our full obligations under the current contracts.”
“It’s something that we spent a lot of time on, and I want to represent that there are portions of [our company] that do not agree with this, but I, as a leader of the company, along with the executive team, made a decision that we would honor the contracts and those relationships that were formed and work with them over time.”
Their current contract ends in August of next year. Chef has been working with ICE since 2015 when they were hired by the Obama administration.
Crist also announced that the company will donate all revenue from its ICE contract to people who have been negatively impacted by Trump’s family separation policy (which is not really a Trump policy at all).
Chef is not the first company to give in to public pressure. Salesforce said it would donate $1 million to various organizations after over 600 of their employees started a protest over their contract with Customs and Border Patrol.
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