— CNN (@CNN) June 23, 2017
It’s safe to say the White House press briefings have been their own kind of circus since President Donald Trump took office in January. (See Melissa McCarthy’s hilarious impressions of White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer for more proof.) Things got even weirder — and more alarming — when the White House informed news outlets and reporters it would be breaking a longstanding tradition and barring audio and video recordings of the morning press briefings.
Both CNN and Fox News have expressed concern over the lack of transparency that has plagued the current administration, but it comes as no surprise that Trump and his staff would want to limit interactions with the press, especially since the president has repeatedly referred to news outlets — besides Fox News — as “fake news.”
So, CNN decided to troll the White House on Friday by sending a sketch artist to draw the morning briefing and releasing his art to the public. “The White House has been prohibiting cameras at some press briefings, so we sent a sketch artist,” the cable news station said.
The internet, of course, found some humor in the dismal state of affairs. Read on to see some of the best reactions to CNN’s epic troll ahead.
Next week paper and pencils will be banned at the press briefings.
— ANNE LAMOTT (@ANNELAMOTT) June 23, 2017
FOX News brought a sketch artist to the press briefings too. pic.twitter.com/bqSAklT8ic
— Tom the Dancing Bug (@RubenBolling) June 23, 2017
An earlier version of the sketch, before Sean was spotted behind the bush… pic.twitter.com/35CDuSu0ws
— Jake Turx (@JakeTurx) June 23, 2017
I’m also available pic.twitter.com/iUqAkVAYWI
— Mike Denison (@mikd33) June 23, 2017