White House Mum on Whether Trump Is Recording Conversations

Sen. John Thune

Sen. John Thune

The Trump administration is looking to fill the job, which requires Senate confirmation, after Trump abruptly fired Director James Comey on Tuesday.

US President Donald Trump has indicated that he may stop the White House Press briefings altogether, a tradition that has been in place since 1929 when the first White House Press Secretary George Akerson was appointed by President Herbert Hoover.

Meanwhile, as Rosenstein huddled with Intelligence Committee leaders, NBC released an interview in which Trump said the decision to oust Comey was his. Trump made the comment in Washington, D.C., on May 11 in an interview with NBC's Lester Holt, two days after he fired FBI Director James Comey.

For a White House accustomed to bouts of chaos, Trump's handling of Comey's firing could have serious and long-lasting implications.

"As a very active President with lots of things happening, it is not possible for my surrogates to stand at podium with ideal accuracy!" he tweeted.

- Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) May 12, 2017.Maybe the best thing to do would be to cancel all future "press briefings" and hand out written responses for the sake of accuracy???

President Trump also insisted he had no investments or business interests in Russia, and that he was not at all anxious about the "optics" of meeting the Russian foreign minister at the White House the morning after firing the director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation. Multiple officials, including Pence, said the president was acting at the behest of Rosenstein and Attorney General Jeff Sessions.

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Several people close to the president say his reliance on a small cadre of advisers as he mulled firing Comey reflects his broader distrust of many of his own staffers.

While the suggestion might seem extreme, it's one worth considering if you consider this: What good are White House press briefings now other than entertainment?

"Even that is possible", Trump told reporters when asked whether he could announce his nominee by Friday, when he is scheduled to leave for the Mideast and Europe.

Even before Trump's provocative tweet, the White House was scrambling to clarify why Comey was sacked.

Mr Comey wrote to colleagues after the decision to say he does not plan to dwell on Donald Trump's decision to fire him or on "the way it was executed".

He also specifically brought up the ongoing Russian Federation investigation. Aides said Trump does not believe his team gave contradictory stories about his decision to fire Comey, despite the fact that the White House's explanation changed dramatically over a 48-hour period. But anyone, regardless of politics, who has observed Trump's reactions to the deepening Russian Federation story can plainly see that the 45th president is way out of his depth. Schiller was among those Trump consulted about Comey and was tapped by the president to deliver a letter informing the director of his firing.

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