On a day in which the president’s schedule included no public events and the daily briefing was once again held off camera, principal deputy press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders declared that the White House aims to be "as transparent as humanly possible."
The comment raised eyebrows in the press room, where reporters have pushed for the return of televised briefings and are regularly stonewalled by administration spokespeople.
“Every single day we do our very best to give you the most accurate information that we have,” Sanders said in response to a question about why so many members of the administration have not divulged meetings they had with Russian individuals. “Our goal is to be as transparent as humanly possible.”
The transparency claim came after Sanders said the media should focus more on interactions between the Clintons and Russian officials.
Just Tuesday, Sanders repeatedly refused to comment on the revelation that Donald Trump Jr. accepted a meeting with a Kremlin-linked lawyer to receive potentially damaging information about Hillary Clinton as part of a Russian government attempt to help Trump’s campaign.
The administration has had other transparency issues, from not releasing President Donald Trump’s tax returns to ending the publication of White House visitor logs.
Sanders took questions for about 20 minutes on Wednesday. She defended the week’s absence of televised briefings by noting that Trump will take questions from the press in France on Thursday.