The White House has not held a press briefing in two weeks, avoiding accountability on a host of scandals.
Press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders and the White House press operation have not held a briefing with reporters for two weeks, even as new information emerges showing Trump in the center of crimes.
The last briefing given at the White House was on November 27. Since the G-20 meeting that ended on December 1, Trump has not made any foreign trips or otherwise been involved in events that would precipitate cancelling a briefing.
Usually the White House doesn't hold briefings on days when Trump will be appearing publicly for a speech, rally, or signing ceremony. But on December 3, the schedule said Trump had his intelligence briefing and had a meeting with the HUD Secretary — but there was no press briefing. On December 10, when the only scheduled event was a Trump lunch with Mike Pence, there was no press briefing.
The White House has stayed away from cameras and questions from reporters that might require substantive or even honest answers.
In the meantime, more and more information has emerged about Trump and the likelihood that he broke the law.
By not holding a press briefing, the White House has avoided being held accountable as multiple stories and developments have emerged:
Federal prosecutors uncovered that Trump, using his fixer and personal attorney Michael Cohen, broke federal law in the process of paying off porn star Stormy Daniels.
Trump picked a replacement attorney general for Jeff Sessions based on that person's inclination to shield him from federal investigations, rather than someone qualified to be the nation's chief law enforcement officer.
The trade war is continuing to wreak havoc, costing farmers billions and helping to drive major losses on the stock market.
Ongoing investigations have shown that Trump handed over control of the Department of Veterans Affairs to members of his private luxury club, Mar-a-Lago.
Trump's labor secretary worked to give a pedophile a sweetheart deal, and Congress wants to investigate.
Trump's aide and son-in-law Jared Kushner worked with the Saudi government to cover up the murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi.
The Republican Party in Wisconsin and Michigan is taking sore-loser actions to undemocratically take power from incoming Democrats.
Trump picked a TV host to be the country's representative at the United Nations.
Donald Trump Jr.'s has been caught lying to Congress, and he could be prosecuted for doing so.
A jury convicted a neo-Nazi of murder after Trump described people like him as "very fine people."
Trump's hasn't been able to find a chief of staff because he is unstable and knee-deep in trouble.
The White House has even avoided questions on possible election fraud in North Carolina by the Republican Party, a case which now involves the FBI.
The Trump White House does not want to be accountable. They don't want to answer questions, not even easy ones. So instead of having a briefing, they have gone into lockdown mode.
But the silence speaks volumes.
Published with permission of The American Independent Foundation.