White House press secretary Sean Spicer’s Friday question-and-answer session will occur without major news outlets such as Politico, CNN, the New York Times, BuzzFeed and the Los Angeles Times.
Instead of the standard on-camera briefing in the James S. Brady Press Briefing Room, Spicer instead held an off-camera “gaggle” inside his West Wing office. Attendees were welcomed to the session by invitation only.
Some major news organizations were also let in, such as ABC, CBS, NBC, Fox, Reuters and Bloomberg.
Jeff Mason, the White House Correspondents’ Association president, blasted the situation.
“The WHCA board is protesting strongly against how today’s gaggle is being handled by the White House. We encourage the organizations that were allowed in to share the material with others in the press corps who were not. The board will be discussing this further with White House staff.”
The White House has not commented on the situation.