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CNN guest's claim that Trump is turning the U.S. into a 'dictatorship' by not having 'formal' WH press briefings is just ludicrous

Atop the list of ridiculous theories about how President Trump is turning the U.S. into a “dictatorship” is the fact that White House press briefings are no longer regularly conducted.

Human Rights Foundation chairman Garry Kasparov told Brian Stelter on CNN’s ‘Reliable Sources’ that the elimination of the briefings indicates a further slide toward authoritarian government.

Here’s how the host led Kasparov’s answer: “This was the year the White House press briefing died, the on-camera press briefing. It’s been 286 days since a formal, on-camera White House press briefing.” Stelter then gave a website address where people can go to find a count of the days since a press briefing occurred.

Kasparov said it is further proof of Trump turning the U.S. into a dictatorship.

But, his assertion that the Trump administration is chipping away at freedom of the press by cutting out the daily briefing from the press secretary is deeply flawed, considering Trump himself regularly answers questions (and lots of them) from the media.

Is Stelter going to show a count of the number of times Trump has stood on the White House lawn or somewhere else and taken numerous questions from the media with the cameras rolling?

Members of the media need to ask themselves which is better, having a press secretary relate the president’s actions/intentions on a consistent basis or having the president himself explain them regularly?

After the midterm elections of 2018, Trump answered nearly three times the amount of questions Obama answered after the 2010 midterms.

Dispelling on live television that he hides from the press, Trump took 68 questions from 35 reporters. And if the failed follow-up questions are included, the number soars closer to 90.

How does that compare to the press conference former President Barack Obama took after he was clobbered in the first midterm election he faced?

In that 2010 performance, Obama took 22 questions from 10 reporters who offered soft questions, not the types of challenges Trump faced.

Even in the 2016 campaign, Trump was very accessible.

Lack of transparency is not a knock on this administration (to a fault, some might argue). Through his on-camera appearances and constant use of Twitter, this president is the most accessible in history.

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