Trump threatens to cancel press briefings, says Spicer 'gets beat up'

The comments, in an interview, are the second time he made the threat Friday.

"We don’t have press conferences," said Trump. "We just don’t have them. Unless I have them every two weeks and do it myself. We don’t have them. I think it's a good idea."

The comments also echo sentiments from associates of Trump during the transition, who reportedly considered whether the administration should hold fewer press briefings or move them out of the White House to the Eisenhower Executive Office Building.

During an interview Friday night with Fox News' Sean Hannity, former House Speaker Newt Gingrich urged the president to follow through on his threat.

"Ignore all of these reporters," Gingrich said. "Close down the press room. Send the reporters off. They can go to Starbucks across the street. I don't care where they go. These people are not committed to the truth. They're not committed to being neutral. Why would you hang out with a bunch of people who despise you?"

"You have a level of hostility that’s incredible and it's very unfair," said Trump. "Sarah Huckabee is a lovely young woman. You know Sean Spicer. He’s a wonderful human being. He’s a nice man."

Trump pushed back when Pirro suggested Spicer could be replaced, though the president did concede that the spokesman has faced difficulties.

"He’s doing a good job, but he gets beat up," said Trump.