Washington (CNN)But for one day only?
For the first time in more than a month, White House officials took to the press briefing room to officially speak to reporters.
This is White House press secretary Sarah Sanders' first briefing since January 28 -- ending a 42-day drought.
So why come back today? For starters, the man instrumental in stopping them -- Bill Shine -- left the administration on Friday.
But the more legit reason: The White House rolled out its 2020 budget today, and was able to use the platform of the press briefing to showcase its budgetary priorities (thanks to acting Budget Director Russell Vought, who fielded budget questions from reporters before Sanders took over).
That, of course, doesn't mean that Trump has cut off press access to the White House.
His frequent gaggles with reporters (more than his predecessor!) means he speaks directly to news outlets in ways that aren't possible in a briefing hosted by his press secretary. And for a President partial to speaking (and tweeting) directly to his supporters and followers, that's no mistake.
Sanders defended the administration's press strategy today -- and gave basically zero indication there'll be more frequent briefings in the pipeline:
"I know that the President is the most accessible president in modern history. I know that he takes questions from you guys nearly every single day and on days he doesn't, sometimes I do it from here. We answer hundreds of questions from reporters all over the world every day. We're going to continue to do that. Sometimes we'll do it from this room, sometimes we'll do it from other venues and other platforms."
The Point: The briefing is back ... just don't hold your breath for the next one.