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Former NYT WH Correspondent During Bush, Clinton Years Calls WH Briefings “Useless”

David Sanger, the chief Washington correspondent for The New York Times, said that White House press briefings have lost their use for a while.

David Sanger, the chief Washington correspondent for The New York Times and a White House correspondent during the Bush and Clinton presidencies, described White House press briefings as “useless” on the podcast Deep State Radio on Wednesday.

“Even when I was White House correspondent for the Times, which was back during the Clinton and Bush administrations, I found the briefings to be utterly useless,” Sanger said.

The Times reporter said that the daily briefing was only useful if the briefing room knew more about what was going on in the White House than the press secretary.

“The press briefing was largely useful for knowing that the president next Wednesday is going to be talking to the Kiwanis club in Cincinnati,” he added.

Sanger also said that the briefings had also “gone dramatically downhill” since his time in the briefing room.

The Trump administration has received criticism for canceling on-camera briefings from mainstream media outlets.