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Former CNN CEO Would Support Trump If He Cut Back White House Press Briefings



President Donald Trump floated the idea of terminating live press briefings in May after several grandstanding incidents by reporters.

And he’s got some people on his side when it comes to that idea — one of whom is Walter Isaacson, former CNN CEO and Time managing editor.

“How important is it — or unimportant — the White House doesn’t have on-camera briefings and doesn’t have daily briefings, and we certainly don’t have them at the State Department anymore?” MSNBC host Andrea Mitchell asked Isaacson.

“You know, I’m going to say something that’s heretical. I think the on-camera briefings could be cut back,” he answered.

“I think it’s really good to have off-camera, people discussing things, some for the print press even if it’s not on-camera,” he continued. “I think on camera, everybody performs. The jousting with the press secretary done on camera doesn’t really get us that far to understanding things better.”

Here’s what Trump proposed earlier in May:

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