State Department news briefings to resume week of March 6

Department of State

The State Department says it will resume regular press briefings early next month.

It has been criticized for not holding a briefing since President Donald Trump’s inauguration.

The department said Friday it would begin hosting the briefings during the week of March 6. The last briefing was Jan. 19, the last full day President Barack Obama‘s time in office. The hiatus is believed to be the longest since the department began holding news briefings in the 1950s.

Officials have remained available to answer reporters’ questions despite the lack of televised briefings. Those are watched closely by foreign governments, and some current and former diplomats have expressed concern the absence of the briefings was allowing other countries to drive foreign policy debates.

Republished with permission of The Associated Press.