White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders responded to a question about President Donald Trump's tweets Monday, suggesting members of the media should focus on concerns more important than the president's controversial tweets.
Playboy White House correspondent Brian Karem asked Sanders whether White House staff wishes Trump tweeted less, suggesting staff might be annoyed because they had to respond to the president's tweets rather than being able to focus on excellent unemployment numbers.
"In terms of Twitter, the president uses Twitter to communicate directly to the American people," Sanders said.
"You have the ability to choose what you want to write about, and you guys choose to write about things the American people don't care about, day in and day out," she said. "That's a decision you make, and frankly I think it's the wrong one."
Karem also asked during the exchange if the president would come out to the briefing room to take questions from the media.
Sanders said he would let the press know if he planned to come to the briefing room, but she also indicated the president communicates with the media in other forums.
"You guys would be the first to know if the president comes out here, but thankfully he does address the press in a number of ways and in a number of venues. We'll see if it happens here, and we'll certainly let you know," she said.
As Sanders moved on to another reporter, Karem attempted to get in another question, indicating he was still concerned about the tweets and wished to ask the president directly about them.
"Can we at least get an opportunity to ask him a question about tweets?" Karem said.