WASHINGTON – While the White House Press Office has found that it uses the "listening mode" feature for telephone conferences with reporters, they still dominate the task of avoiding embarrassing questions that administrators do not want.
In a background discussion moderated by Ivanka Trump and Holli Richmond, Trump Council on Sports Director, Fitness and Nutrition, in the run-up to the White House Sports and Fitness Day, one of the presenters broke off the call after being asked to To comment on her father's new training program and ask questions about Chinese brands to her fashion brand.
"You can refer these questions to the press office", said press spokeswoman Ninio Fetalvo to reporters on Tuesday after Ivanka Trump (1
CNN asked Ivanka to update her father's fitness after Dr. Ronny Jackson had informed the White House earlier this year that he had advised the president to lose weight in 2018.
"Ivanka had to get off for another meeting, but Holli is here to answer the extra questions," Fetalvo replied after a brief pause.
Another reporter asked Richmond for a status update on Mr. Trump's fitness routine and weight loss, but she quickly directed the reporter to the press office. She was also asked if First Lady Melania Trump will attend the event on Wednesday. Melania Trump has not been seen in public since May 10, prompting the media to speculate about their whereabouts after kidney surgery. Richmond could not tell if the First Lady was present or not.
However, she said the president was there to "comment and improve this collaboration with Health and Human Services."
Wednesday's fitness event will take place on the southern lawn of the White House. The event will host more than 250 children, parents and coaching staff to "highlight the benefits of youth sports".
Notable participants include Olympic volleyball player Misty May-Treanor, former NFL star Herschel Walker, actor Lou Ferrigno and former MLB stars Mariano Rivera and Johnny Damon.
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