This week, one of Donald Trump’s spokespersons, Sarah Huckabee Sanders, had a very intense moment with Fox News reporter John Roberts, during an official meet in Washington D.C.
While discussing the White House’s refusal to allow television coverage of its daily press briefings, Roberts, who is Fox News’ chief correspondent at the Presidential residence, decided that he wants to leave the briefing early.
Careful for that comeback…
Right away, Sanders noticed and, trying to joke, said that “John Roberts is bored today; he’s stepping out.”
Instantly, John Roberts had a comeback: “If it was on camera, I might not be.”
Later that day, he took it to Twitter, explaining why he left the briefing earlier.
“To all who are musing over me leaving the @SHSanders45Briefing…I have a live shot. Had the brief been on camera, it would 1/2,” he said. “Would have been on TV, not me. I would have waited until it was over.”
Fox News supports the ‘theory’
This was confirmed by Fox News’ Shep Smith, according to The Hill, who played an audio file registered during the briefing, noting that John Roberts came out early in order to join his team.
President Trump’s decision to restrict the coverage of the briefings created a lot of friction between his staff and the White House press corps. Since June 29, no on-camera press briefing was held at the White House at all.