President-elect Donald Trump’s press secretary, Sean Spicer, reported that the incoming administration is considering a move that will allow for new media agencies to have access to the White House press briefings. To do this the daily briefings would be moved from the White House to a bigger location.
On Sunday, Spicer told Fox News Channel’s “Media Buzz” that expanding accessibility will broaden the amount of people in the process of getting news out to the American people. According to Spicer, those who aren’t currently part of the mainstream media, such as bloggers and smaller news outlets, would be warmly invited. He added, “this should be seen as a welcome change.”
A report by Esquire cited the change in venue is probably the result of growing tensions between Trump and the elite media.
Vice President-elect Pence told CBS News that any changes made would be for both logistical reasons and a direct response to the huge demand from media organizations wanting access to the White House. “There is a tremendous amount of interest in this incoming administration. We’re giving some consideration to finding a larger venue on the 18-acres that makes up the White House complex to accommodate that extraordinary interest,” said Pence.
The president of the White House Correspondents’ Association released a statement on Saturday clarifying that the briefing room is now open to all reporters whom request access. Despite the announcement, it is widely known that the WHCA is a closed group that shuns outsiders.
After more than 500 people attended President-elect Trump’s recent press conference on January 11 in New York City, the Trump team began rethinking possible venues to allow those who requested admittance, entry. White House Chief of Staff, Reince Priebus, said the amount of people expected to attend press briefings far exceeds the maximum occupancy of “49 people” who can fit in the current press room.
H/T: Bloomberg Politics
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