Vitriol and deflection: The return of the White House press briefing

Washington (CNN)The only thing worse than the near extinction of press briefings in the Trump White House might be actually having a briefing. “I’m not aware of those specific, uh, checks,” Sanders said. She also couldn’t say when the President will install a permanent defense secretary — at a time when the US remains at war across the globe. “When the President’s ready to make an announcement on that front, he certainly will,” said Sanders, who was preceded at the podium by Acting Budget Director Russell Vought. She dodged answering about claims Trump had tried to use the Justice Department to block the AT&T merger with Time Warner, the parent company of CNN — a possible abuse of power. “I’m …