White House press secretary Stephanie Grisham was blasted on Saturday over the confusion resulting from her refusal to hold daily press briefings.
CNN senior media reporter Oliver Darcy was alarmed that Grisham's assistant, Hogan Gidley, was forcing reporters to refer to his remarks as coming from a "sources close to the President's legal team."
Darcy noted that Trump had repeatedly questioned the veracity of unnamed sources, making it problematic for Gidley to demand to be quoted as such.
In which @hogangidley45 forces reporters on a sanctioned White House briefing call about impeachment to cite info… https://t.co/ZlFcaE7ZJc— Oliver Darcy (@Oliver Darcy)1579396838.0
Grisham responded to the criticism and asked Darcy to "stop with the righteous indignation.
We make it a point not to “force” anyone on conference calls, which are meant to be helpful to the press corps. I’m… https://t.co/OHfgPJoObB— Kayleigh McEnany (@Kayleigh McEnany)1579398224.0
The press secretary was harshly criticized for her response. Here's some of what people were saying:
@PressSec Could you answer @oliverdarcy’s question: “Why isn’t this on record given this admin’s history casting do… https://t.co/jQRPUwkgZS— Eric Columbus (@Eric Columbus)1579398934.0
@PressSec The @potus has told Americans not to trust anonymous sources, but the @whitehouse has continued to insist… https://t.co/LzWmdLZ4Ad— Alex Howard (@Alex Howard)1579398472.0
@PressSec Do your job, Steph. We don't pay you to be a TwitterTroll.— Tink53 (@Tink53)1579399412.0
@PressSec DUI lady, we dare you to say these thing in front of press conference. I’ll even buy your tell all book w… https://t.co/M6wYH7HkxX— Denise Wu (@Denise Wu)1579402351.0
@PressSec Has there ever been a press Secretary who doesn’t do press briefings? The taxpayers would love to know wh… https://t.co/YD1tW9tXBy— (((Howard Forman))) (@(((Howard Forman))))1579398330.0
@PressSec You have been press secretary for 200 days and have held 0 press briefings. Indignation is warranted.— Name cannot be blank (@Name cannot be blank)1579398826.0
@PressSec https://t.co/rNZcGY4KFD— Glen Beveridge (@Glen Beveridge)1579400852.0
@PressSec Hey Steph, I can call you Steph right? You work for us. Remember that. The American people.— Juli Shirey (@Juli Shirey)1579398400.0
@PressSec When are you going to start working? Seriously. I think we the people should sue for our money back.— MADzedKAD (@MADzedKAD)1579398582.0