On MSNBC’s Morning Joe Tuesday, New York Times Congressional reporter Jeremy Peters asked White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest why President Obama has not done a press conference in over a month.
Obama’s last press conference was at the NATO Summit in Wales on Friday, September 5.
Earnest told Peters that one question was recently taken from the press pool about the appointment of a new Ebola czar, to which Peters replied, “One question? That’s the standard now?”
Peters: “Josh, during the summer the president was fairly open with the press, and maybe that had something to do with the new communications team at the White House, I’m not sure. But he was doing fairly regular press conferences. He hasn’t really since he got burned when he said that ‘there is no strategy in Syria’. My colleagues at The New York Times White House team tell me it’s been since September 5th since he’s given a full on Q&A with reporters. When will we see him again?”
Earnest: “Well, the president has a foreign trip coming up, where I would anticipate the president would typically do Q&A sessions when he’s travelling. The president was just in the Oval Office on Thursday where he did a meeting with his team to talk about the Ebola response and he took a question from the pool, who asked him about appointing an Ebola czar.”
Peters: “One question? That’s the standard now?”
Earnest: “No, but it is an example of the president having a regular interchange with the reporters who come to the White House.”
Morning Joe co-host Mika Brzezinski brazenly brought up President Obama’s MSNBC radio interview with Al Sharpton.
“He was on the radio with Al Sharpton. Which we can go there next. Why don’t we just go there?”
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