Trump says won't move White House
briefing room, will pick who gets in
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[January 18, 2017]
WASHINGTON (Reuters) -
President-elect Donald Trump said his administration will not move the
press briefing room out of the White House into a larger space but will
choose the media representatives who go into it, according to an
interview with Fox News.
Trump's team had discussed moving news conferences out of the small West
Wing briefing room to the Old Executive Office Building, which is part
of the White House complex, incoming White House Chief of Staff Reince
Priebus said Sunday on ABC.
"The press went crazy, so I said, 'Let's not move it.' But some people
in the press will not be able to get in," Trump told "Fox & Friends" in
an interview broadcast on Wednesday.
"We have so many people that want to go in so we'll have to just have to
pick the people to go into the room - I'm sure other people will be
thrilled about that," he said. "But we offered a much larger room
because we need a much larger room and we offered to do that, but they
"And they'll be begging for a much larger room very soon, you watch."
The current press room has about 49 seats, which are assigned by the
White House Correspondents Association (WHCA).
According to WHCA President Jeff Mason, a Reuters correspondent, the
association took over the job of assigning seats in the press room over
two decades at the request of Republican and Democratic administrations
who wanted to avoid the appearance of playing favorites.
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A reviewing stand is seen outside of the White House for the
upcoming presidential inauguration in Washington, U.S., January 15,
2017. REUTERS/Carlos Barria
Trump has had a contentious relationship with some prominent U.S.
news organization that he refers to derisively as the "mainstream
media," banning some news outlets during the presidential campaign
and publicly criticizing individual reporters.
Moving the briefing room would mark a potential change in access for
reporters as the briefing room is only steps from the Oval Office.
(Reporting by Doina Chiacu, Editing by Franklin Paul)
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