CNN, other media outlets barred from White House briefing

CNN released a statement following the block and said "This is an unacceptable move by the Trump White House".

Meanwhile, White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer cancelled Friday's on-camera press briefing, opting instead to answer questions in his office without cameras.

According to Fox News' John Roberts, the gaggle was not a traditional briefing in the White House, thus, the size of the room meant all media requests could not be accommodated.

The White House emailed previously selected reporters that they were okayed to attend.

White House Principal deputy press secretary Sarah Sanders insisted the gaggle with Spicer was normal, notes POLITICO: "We invited the pool so everyone was represented". AFP protested being excluded, despite being in the "pool", and attended the briefing uninvited.

"There's a big difference between a campaign, where it's a private venue using private funds, and a government entity", he said, referencing how the Trump campaign famously blocked several media outlets from their campaign events.

So, we've made that clear, and we're going to continue to have discussions with them about that. Trump has criticized news outlets critical of him as "fake news" organizations that publish anonymously sourced reports that reflect poorly on him.

"They are the enemy of the people because they have no sources", Trump said, adding that reporters should not be permitted to use unnamed sources. "Fake. They have to leave that word".

"I'm against the people that make up stories and make up sources", he said. Let their name be put out there. One by one, news outlets offered public reactions.

A Politico reporter flashed back to an earlier Spicer interview where the issue of media access was discussed. The failing @nytimes has become a joke. But he also told the media to "calm down" because it's happened before - including under President Barack Obama.

The BBC has sought clarification from the White House on why its representative was denied access. "Apparently this is how they retaliate when you report facts they don't like".

  • Zachary Reyes