Attacked President Trump for doing the same thing…
(Breitbart) CNN’s Brian Stelter falsely reported that President Donald Trump was the first president in 15 years to skip the tradition of hosting an end-of-the-year press conference before leaving Washington, D.C. for Christmas.
Trump is heading south without holding an end-of-the-year press conference. This is the first time in 15 years that a president has opted not to… Here’s my full story https://t.co/AU78GHo9bn
— Brian Stelter (@brianstelter) December 22, 2017
“While it’s by no means a requirement to do so, most presidents in modern times have chosen to hold a formal news conference in December to tout accomplishments and share seasons greetings before Christmas,” Stelter wrote on Friday. “This is the first time in 15 years that a president has opted not to.”
But he failed to mention that former President Barack Obama skipped the tradition in 2009.
Instead of hosting an end-of-the-year press conference, Obama chose on 12/24/2009 to deliver a statement praising the Senate for passing health care reform.
Affter the statement, Obama walked away from the White House podium. When one reporter shouted back a question as to whether he had a message to the troops, Obama briefly returned to remind reporters that he would be calling some of the troops later in the day.
Challenged by this fact, Stelter cited an Obama press availability in Copenhagen in December as proof that he gave an end-of-the-year press conference.
But Obama’s press availability in Copenhagen was not an end-of-the-year press conference; it was a briefing for reporters on his efforts on climate change…