Democratic presidential frontrunner Hillary Clinton told CNN”s Jake Tapper during a phone interview that she was sure she would hold a press conference at some point, after Donald Trump mentioned during his press conference on Tuesday that she hadn’t done so in 179 days.
Tapper started off by asking Clinton for her reaction to Trump having bashed the media for its coverage of his campaign.
Tapper: Historically speaking, throughout your decades in public life, you and your husband have had occasionally contentious relationships with journalists, though it certainly never went as far publicly as it did today with Donald Trump calling journalists ‘sleazy’ and ‘dishonest’ and ‘unfair.’ So, what went through your mind watching his press conference today?
Clinton: Well, I have to say, Jake, I had my team check. I have done nearly 300 interviews just in 2016 and I believe that it’s important to continue to, you know, speak to the press as I’m doing right now and to understand that his attacking everybody—fellow Republicans, Democrats, I mean, the press, you just name it, he attacks everybody—is a recipe for gridlock in Washington and that’s what we’ve got to break and get away with.
You know, he seems to believe or at least is demonstrating, that insulting and attacks is his mode of operations and, you know, I just don’t think that’s going to cut it if you want to actually produce results for the American people and not only lead at home, but lead the world.
Tapper: You do do interviews and you’re calling in right now, obviously—and we appreciate that—but it has been pointed out to me that it’s been something like five or six months since you’ve held an actual press conference. Is that something you’re going to remedy soon?
Clinton: I’m sure we will. Look, I was shocked myself that I’ve done nearly 300 interviews, and they’re not even sure they’ve captured all the ones that I’ve done. But I believe that we do and we should answer questions. Of course, I’m going to and many, many different kinds of settings.
Clinton knows that holding a press conference would be very risky, especially after the State Department Inspector General’s report that was released last week, which showed that she clearly flouted the rules regarding emails when she was secretary of state. In addition, the FBI investigation into the matter is still ongoing.
That along with her other scandals, as well as her struggles with Bernie Sanders, guarantees that a press conference is far into the future, if at all.