On Tuesday, a turkey appeared in the White House’s James S. Brady Press Briefing Room. It caused a mild shock, mostly because it marked that one time of year when there’s a turkey in the executive mansion, but also because something was actually happening in the briefing room.
With the appearance of the turkey, the flightless bird has now spent more time behind the podium in the briefing room than press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders did in November.
Here’s a clip of the creature:
TURKEY IN THE BRIEFING ROOM. This is not a drill. pic.twitter.com/xpniQ6Lbdg
— Betsy Klein (@betsy_klein) November 20, 2018
And here’s a look from a bit of a distance where the national press crowded around to snap shots of the bird:
Pre-pardon Thanksgiving turkey gets a look at the WH Briefing Room. (Fill in your own wisecrack here: _______.) pic.twitter.com/CEeo1ac1T3
— Mark Knoller (@markknoller) November 20, 2018
The turkey is one of a pair — named “Peas” and “Carrots” — that will be pardoned by President Donald Trump in the annual turkey pardoning on Tuesday. After they escape the ax, the duo will live out the rest of their lives at a Virginia farm.
Meanwhile, Sanders hasn’t appeared behind the podium in the White House since October 29. It’s a predictable turn to the Trump era that television reporters covering 1600 Penn are starved of time in the press room.
Of course, even without Sanders’ appearance behind the podium, news continues to break in the White House. Just this week, the Washington Post’s White House team uncovered the news that Ivanka Trump has been using a personal email to conduct government business.
President Trump gave a briefing following the midterms, which is a customary appearance for presidents to make.
However, that news conference quickly went off-the-rails and before long, the president was insulting Jim Acosta. A bizarre (but again, predictable) news cycle ensued over the next two weeks as Acosta lost his press pass, then CNN sued for access.
Following Acosta’s lawsuit, the White House announced a new series of rules that would dictate the behavior of the press during press briefings. Of course, without press briefings, there really isn’t a point in making rules for them.
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