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Trump Makes Video Appearance Before Reporters, Though He's Right Down the Hall

The president was reportedly working nearby in the Oval Office at the time

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    Trump Telecommutes From WH Into WH Press Room

    President Donald Trump, for whom the White House is both a home and the office, telecommuted to the White House press room to talk up the economy under his administration on Jan. 4, 2018. (Published Thursday, Jan. 4, 2018)

    President Donald Trump spoke to reporters in the White House briefing room on Thursday, but though he was apparently just a short distance away, his face loomed over the front of the room on two video screens.

    The maneuver allowed him to avoid questions from reporters a day after excerpts from Michael Wolff’s scathing account of Trump’s first year in office were widely reported. Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders was left to field questions about the frequently embarrassing narrative and to denounce the book, "Fire and Fury," as full of lies and tabloid gossip.

    The president, who offered a statement about his tax cut bill and the bonuses companies are giving employees as a result, was reported to have been working nearby in the Oval Office at the time.

    Among the most explosive comments from Wolff's book was criticism from Steve Bannon, a former top Trump administration official, that Don Trump Jr.'s meeting with Russians at Trump Tower in June 2016 was "treasonous" and "unpatriotic."

    Trump, in turn, insulted Bannon and said he had "lost his mind." The president's lawyers are trying to stop publication of the book, which was set for Tuesday, but has now been moved up to Friday morning. 

    Trump has already been under criticism for skipping an end-of-the-year press conference. He gave only one on his own in his first year in office, as USA Today noted last month.

    The White House did not immediately respond to a request for comment on why Trump did not talk to reporters in person.

    Thursday's video appearance quickly earned a comparison to Big Brother and other comments on Twitter.