Yesterday, before President Trump sent out his tweets about the hosts of the Morning Joe program, I was interviewed by a radio host in another city. Watch her remarks at 2 p.m. ET today in the player above.
The president complained on Twitter that Brzezinski and her on-and-off-screen partner, Joe Scarborough, had "insisted on joining" him at his Mar-a-Lago resort in Florida around New Year's Eve. On Thursday, Trump sunk to a new low with his pathetic tweets about Mika Brzezinski's appearance. "This is a president who fights fire with fire, and certainly will not be allowed to be bullied by liberal media, or the liberal elites within the media, or Hollywood, or anywhere else".
The daily press briefing at the White House is turning into a problem for reporters.
She added, "I think the American people elected someone who's tough, who's smart, and who's a fighter".
The banning of cameras from the White House, and the acquiescence of news organizations in the face of this ban, is an interesting case in point.
The speaker is enjoying a lengthy career working for politicians, but you probably only learned of his existence when he began working as Trump's press secretary.
There were signs Thursday of what Trump and his team wanted to emphasize - and of what a more traditional White House messaging operation might look like.
Karem, 56, is not a representative of the large national media organizations repeatedly described as "fake news" by the president. White House representative Lindsay Walters says the representatives work intimately with legal advisors to keep away from entanglements.
Huckabee Sanders was doing her job, performing for a president she knew was watching.
Trump's tweet revives an approach that GOP leaders and the president himself considered but dismissed months ago as impractical and politically unwise.
No matter what right-wing trolls will tell you, there is no shame in pushing virtues. But I would say that it's an invaluable arm of the presidency - as a check to what's going on in an administration.
So much so that they have been keeping track of the coverage of the 45th president - which is not surprising, given that television screens across the West Wing are typically set on quad-screen mode, tuned to four cable news networks at a time.
During the question-and-answer portion of the briefing, Sanders went on a largely uninterrupted tirade against the media, slamming CNN in particular for the network's Russian Federation story that resulted in a retraction and subsequent resignation of three journalists. After all, they can tell their audiences whatever meager or outrageous stuff would come out of the Trump surrogates' mouth.
The antics of our president aren't funny, but reading and watching the reactions of journalists who are wrestling with disbelief and bewilderment that a president of the United States would behave the way he is behaving can be amusing.
"I think that no one would perceive that as a threat".
In many ways Huckabee Sanders' station at the podium marks the shift from an effort to persuade people outside the White House to a more primal need for expression from within it. Trump feels misunderstood. In fact, they would nearly certainly look worse.