President-elect Donald Trump’s team is considering moving the early White House press briefings from the James Brady Press Briefing Room to the Eisenhower Executive Office Building, a location on the White House complex with a larger capacity. This would give more journalists the opportunity to participate. Here is Priebus’ explanation for the move.
— This Week (@ThisWeekABC) January 15, 2017
Still, members of the press are fit to be tied.
The WH briefing room issue is a classic Trump maneuver – float an extreme and bargain back from there.
— Maggie Haberman (@maggieNYT) January 15, 2017
Spend that time digging, sourcing, watchdoging
— Ron Fournier (@ron_fournier) January 15, 2017
My god. Reince Priebus says kicking the press out of the White House briefing room is about "more access" pic.twitter.com/aH0gKG3vLw
— John Whitehouse (@existentialfish) January 15, 2017
Reuters reporter Jeff Mason, who is the president of the White House Correspondents’ Association, released the following statement on the potential of moving the briefings.
My WHCA statement on press access to the White House briefing room. pic.twitter.com/kD9tS7ayt9
— Jeff Mason (@jeffmason1) January 15, 2017
One would think more press access would be something media members would praise.