Trump doesn't know his own deputy press secretary's name. Confuses aides with orders.
President Donald Trump has officially stopped the White House Press briefings.
He directed Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders that she no longer needed to give them and that it wasn't a big deal.
Instead, Trump is perfectly satisfied with taking questions at a pace he feels comfortable with, either on the White House South lawn for a few minutes, or on T.V. with people he wants to speak to and is arranged well in advance.
"The reason Sarah Sanders does not go to the 'podium' much anymore is that the press covers her so rudely & inaccurately, in particular certain members of the press," he tweeted. "I told her not to bother, the word gets out anyway! Most will never cover us fairly & hence, the term, Fake News!"
Now, as far has his deputy press secretary, Trump didn't know his name. He thought he did, at least.
Once Trump asked staffers to "get me Tidley."
This caused much confusion.
"Who?" they asked.
"Tidley," Trump replied. "I want to talk to Hogan Tidley."
They had to calmly let him know that the deputy press secretary's last name was Gidley, not Tidley.
For the record - the last formal press briefing in the White House, with either press secretary, was on Dec. 18, 2018. This is officially the longest time in modern U.S. history that a presidential administration hasn't had one. Sanders has already broken her previous record of refusing to speak to the press from the White House.
It's uncertain if Trump is simply not having the briefings because of the governmental shut down or if he will continue them when a deal is struck to re-open government. So far he has blamed the lack of press briefings on the press and not his inability to cut a deal with Democrats.