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100 days since Trump's last press briefing, we should be concerned

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For 100 days the White House hasn't held a formal, televised press briefing — and Donald Trump's 2020 election campaign launch proved why he sees no need for them.

The roughly 80-minute rally featured a myriad of false claims, exaggerations, and bashing of the press and Trump's Democrat opponents from the president, his family and a number of other speakers.

Trump sees himself as the communicator-in-chief: he doesn't need to play nice with reporters when he can take his message right to the people at the podium or via Twitter. The fact that his press representative is not being held accountable face-to-face every day by journalists gives Trump leave to ignore them as background noise.

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At rallies, the press can’t answer back; on Twitter, the president is hardly going to engage in a testy dialogue with unsympathetic media. And the simple fact is that without the ability to engage, put someone on the........

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