The press and the Trump campaign had a rocky relationship. Which makes it all the more believable why they are already going toe to toe despite the fact he has not even been inaugurated yet. At Wednesday’s press conference a CNN reporter was scolded for interrupting as well as being called what Donald Trump refers to as fake news.
Senior officials from the transition team of Trump’s administration have confirmed that there is a process in place to evict the press corps from the White House if they do not tow the line. Despite the fact the White House press corps has worked from the White House for decades.
They would be relocated to the White House Conference Center which is close to Lafayette Square. Near a space that is close to the Old Executive Office Building. It’s next door to the White House for all intents and purposes. Trump’s press secretary Sean Spicer said the following,
“There has been no decision but there has been some discussion about how to do it. There’s been so much interest in covering a President Donald Trump. A question is: Is a room that has forty-nine seats adequate? When we had that press conference the other day, we had thousands of requests, and we capped it at four hundred. Is there an opportunity to potentially allow more members of the media to be part of this? That’s something we’re discussing.”
Another insider alleges that this is in retaliation for what the transition team deems unfair coverage they’ve received for the President elect. Which they believe means the press has abandoned there role as a neutral observer. One anonymous senior official said,
“They are the opposition party. I want ’em out of the building. We are taking back the press room.”
The part of the West Wing that the reporters work in have work stations and broadcast booths. There is also a briefing area that is familiar to American viewers as the place the press secretary and president gives national news conferences. It is a convenient spot where sources are just a few steps away. It is also a place that is representative of the press being voices of the American people.
Perhaps it is the medias expectations of entitlement that bother the administration so much. Which could play a role in why the administration does not want to bend over backwards to help them.