Trump team ponders changes for White House press corps

Trump team ponders changes for White House press corps

The ongoing cold war between the incoming Trump Administration and the nation's news organizations has found a new battleground: the White House press room.

Jeff Mason, the president of the White House Press Correspondents Association (a group of journalists that cover the White House) told ABC that the association would rather remain in the White House's current press room.

Traditionally, news briefings have occasionally been held outside the White House for a variety of reasons and special occasions.

If the Trump administration removes the press corps from the West Wing, it will be the first time since the presidency of William McKinley (1897-1901) that reporters will not have direct access to White House staff - and by extension the President of the United States. Buzzfeed News reports that David Martosko, the US political editor of U.K.'s Mail Online, applied for a job as press secretary for Trump's incoming administration. He said the discussions were a question of inclusion rather than exclusion.

'A question is: Is a room that has forty-nine seats adequate?

"I know that some of the folks in the press are uptight about this, and I understand", Priebus said. He also stated that Trump's team is exploring whether it might be possible to allow more members of the media to become involved if they had a larger venue.

Sean Spicer spoke about the plan, saying that nothing has been decided as of yet.

"I don't want to say a disaster, but it was very hard because you had much less access to White House press secretary at that time, Tony Snow, and the president, because you were no longer on the White House grounds", Henry said on air. "The briefing room is open now to all reporters who request access". The most direct response came from a senior official who views the press - much like Trump - in a dishonest light and tells Esquire they are not doing their job properly. I want 'em out of the building. "We are taking back the press room".

The pee-in-a-cup proposal (yellow journalism indeed) was one of 13 ideas one candidate for White House press secretary wrote in November in a confidential memo to members of the Presidential Transition Team's Executive Committee. An Esquire article suggests the Trump administration may kick the White House press corps out of the West Wing.

Spicer tweeted shortly after the press conference ended that Acosta's behavior, "regardless of party", was "rude, inappropriate and disrespectful". The White House Correspondents Association has spoken out against the proposed move, but the group can't stop the move if the administration really wants to go through with it.

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