Donald Trump‘s communications team is mulling plans to move reporters to a different location on the White House grounds in order to grant more media access to the incoming administration, Vice President-elect Mike Pence said Sunday.
“What the team told me is that there is such a tremendous amount of interest in this incoming administration that they’re giving some consideration to finding a larger venue on the 18 acres of the White House complex to accommodate the extraordinary interest,” Pence told CBS’ John Dickerson.
But the removal of reporters from the West Wing would be sure to spark an outcry that Trump is limiting press access.
Since the Nixon era, members of the White House press corps have operated out of offices and the James S. Brady Briefing Room inside the West Wing. The briefing room currently has 49 seats, all of which are assigned to various outlets by the White House Correspondents Association.
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Pence said the incoming White House press shop feels the briefing room now is too small “to accommodate the broadest number of people who are interested from media around the country and around the world.”
According to Esquire, members of the press could be moved to the Eisenhower Executive Office Building next door to the White House or to a conference center near Lafeyette Square.
“There has been no decision,” said incoming White House press secretary Sean Spicer.
“We’re working that out in a way that will reflect our commitment to transparency, to a free and independent press and we look forward to those changes,” Pence added on Sunday.
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