Newt to Trump: Shut Down White House Press Room


(Politico.com) - Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich said on Tuesday that President Donald Trump should "close down the White House press briefing room.”

"I am personally offended by the American news media. I think it is destructive and disgusting. It is a danger to the country right now," Gingrich said. He also said the press should be banished to a nearby Starbucks and that Spicer should take questions from the American people. "Just say to the American people, you get to choose," Gingrich said.

Closing the press briefing room would send a message to the country "that the media is a corrupt institution and he is tired of being harassed by people whose only interest is making him look bad."

Gingrich, an adviser to Trump who recently wrote a book about him, frequently speaks to top aides — and his wife is the leading candidate to become ambassador to the Vatican. His view reflects a broader take from the administration and from Trump, who often rages about his news media coverage and has proposed ending the daily White House briefings. Steve Bannon, the president's chief strategist, has called the media "the opposition party."

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