House votes to end shutdown despite White House veto threat
WASHINGTON — President Trump made his first appearance ever in the White House press briefing room on Thursday, but he didn’t take any questions from the media. Instead, Trump used the occasion to pursue a political battle with Congress, trotting out burly Border Patrol union representatives to endorse his plan to build a wall on the Mexican border.
Trump’s use of the briefing room for what was essentially a publicity event comes at a time when his administration is largely avoiding the press, and it prompted angry and incredulous responses from reporters.
“Why come out here?” one reporter shouted as Trump departed after j