UNITED STATES — President-Elect Trump announced this morning that the daily White House press briefings will remain in the James Brady Press Briefing room, for now.
In an appearance on the morning show “Fox and Friends”, Trump said “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.”
The announcement comes just days after rumors began swirling that the incoming Trump administration was considering moving the briefings out of the White House and possibly across the street to the Eisenhower Executive Office Building. Both incoming Chief of Staff Reince Priebus and incoming Press Secretary Sean Spicer denied the rumors on Sunday morning.
“There’s a massive demand to cover this president, and you saw it at Trump Tower, close to 500 individuals that got in, maxed out the space. We looked at additional spaces to try to accommodate more members of the media. And I think there was a large outcry from folks about this idea of looking at additional room, so after hearing from them, the president-elect said to me, ‘Just keep it in their room.’ But it’s going to be cramped quarters, it’s going to be tight,” incoming White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer said on the daily Presidential Transition press call.
“We’ll see what we can do going down the road, but we tried, I think, to accommodate so many more members of the media,” Spicer added. “And at least initially for the first one we’ll have it in the briefing room, but this is something that, I think, the president-elect said, ‘Fine, if they don’t want to do it, if they don’t want more folks, then we should cram them in the little space that exists.’ ”
Spicer also announced that his first briefing as press secretary would take place on Monday, Jan. 23.
In addition to keeping the briefings in the White House, the press will be able to stay in their west wing workspace which is right behind the briefing room.