Current WH Press Corps Comes Unglued after Trump Admin Proposes Changes to Briefings (VIDEO)
On Sunday Donald Trump White House Spokesperson Sean Spicer told Howie Kurtz on Media Buzz the Trump administration is looking at moving the press briefings out of the West Wing. The media elites, many of whom detest Donald Trump, think this is a horrible idea. They are very comfortable in their current location.
Spicer told Kurtz,
“The demand to cover Donald Trump, the excitement, the demand, the interest is off the chart. And we saw that at the press conference at Trump Tower. Over 600 members of the media attended. We had thousands who sought credentials to get in the space. The briefing room in the White House fits 49 people. So let’s say you can get 70 people in there. I know change is difficult sometimes but I know sometimes change can actually be better.”
The Guardian reported on Sunday that Trump may include radio hosts and bloggers into the White House press briefings.
The current White House Press Corps “strenuously” objects to moving the briefings to a larger room.
The Washington Examiner reported:
The White House press corps is “strenuously” objecting to any attempt to eject it from its West Wing digs, a move reportedly being considering by President-elect Trump’s communications team.
“The briefing room is open now to all reporters who request access. We support that and always will,” said Jeff Mason, a Reuters White House correspondent and president of the White House Correspondents Association. “The WHCA will fight to keep the briefing room and West Wing access to senior administration officials open. We object strenuously to any move that would shield the president and his advisers from the scrutiny of an on-site White House press corps.”
Esquire reported the Trump team was considering kicking reporters out of the briefing room and their press digs to another place in the White House complex.
The line from the Trump camp on Sunday was that increased press participation in Trump press conferences would likely continue when he takes office, so a bigger space is needed. Mason said access to the White House itself is also needed.
“The White House Correspondents’ Association has always advocated for increasing access and transparency for the benefit of all news outlets and the public,” Mason said. “I emphasized the importance of the White House press briefing room and noted that it is open to all journalists who seek access now.