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Trump threatens to cancel press briefings, issue written statements

White House Principal Deputy Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders.
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White House Principal Deputy Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders.

A day after the White House issued contradicting claims about President Trump’s reasoning for firing former FBI director James Comey, Trump blasted the media on Twitter for expecting “perfect accuracy.”

“The Fake Media is working overtime today! As a very active president with lots of things happening, it is not possible for my surrogates to stand at podium with perfect accuracy! Maybe the best thing to do would be to cancel all future ‘press briefings’ and hand out written responses for the sake of accuracy?” Trump said in a series of Tweets Friday.

The tweets came a day after Trump told NBC anchor Lester Holt that he would have fired Comey regardless of the recommendation of top Department of Justice officials. That contradicted the claims made earlier by several White House officials, including Vice President Mike Pence and spokeswoman Sarah Huckabee Sanders.

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“And in fact, when I decided to just do it, I said to myself, I said, ‘You know, this Russia thing with Trump and Russia is a made-up story,’” Trump said in the interview. “It’s an excuse by the Democrats for having lost an election that they should have won.”

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Trump also reiterated the claim that the Russia story is fabricated in a separate Tweet Friday.

Christina Prignano can be reached at christina.prignano@globe.com. Follow her on Twitter @cprignano.