>> No, I'm not gonna give you a question. I am not gonna give you a question, you are fake news.>> Donald Trump's relationship with the media, never cozy, but now the distance between the two could grow even further apart. Members of his team on Sunday confirming plans to potentially move the White House Press room out of the buildings West wing and to another structure entirely.
Such as the old executive office building next door, or the White House conference center across the street. Vice president elect Mike Pence, on Face the Nation, explaining that the current White House room with it's 49 seats is simply too small.>> I think the interest of the team is to make sure that we accommodate the broadest number of people who are interested in media from around the country.
>> Mm-hm.>> And around the world.>> But Esquire magazine which broke the story on Saturday, suggesting at least another motive may be at play, quoting a senior Trump official as labeling the press as quote, the opposition party who added, I want him out of the building. The potential move, and that kind of talk, sounding alarm bells for members of the press wary of losing access to a future president who already banned some news outlets from his campaign, and publicly criticized individual reporters with tensions escalating last week after reports of unsubstantiated allegations against Trump by Russia surfaced in the media.
White Correspondents Association President Jeff Mason, also a Reuters reporter, issuing a statement Sunday saying quote, on behalf of our members, I am meeting today with incoming press secretary Sean Spicer to try to get more clarity on exactly what they are suggesting. The briefing room is open now to all reporters who request access.
We support that and always will. The WHCA will fight to keep the briefing room and West wing access to senior administration officials open. We object strenuously to any move that would shield the President and his advisors from the scrutiny of an on site White House press corps. The briefing room was built in 1970 by Richard Nixon but the presence of reporters in the White House dates back even further.