The White House’s iconic James S. Brady Press Briefing Room, renovated a decade ago with modern lights and wiring, may soon be much quieter. White House Chief of Staff Reince Priebus told Chuck Todd on “Meet the Press” that, at least temporarily, the daily briefings may move “50 feet to the EEOB,” the Eisenhower Executive Office Building, across West Executive Drive from the White House.
Sean Spicer, the incoming White House press secretary tells me: “While no decisions have been made, there is enormous interest in covering Donald Trump … The current briefing room only has 49 seats so we have looked at rooms within the White House to conduct briefings that have additional capacity to accommodate members of media including talk radio, bloggers and others.
“It looks like the most likely new venue is on the first floor of the Eisenhower Executive Office Building, South Court — new and TV-ready, with 150 seats.
Spicer was responding to an Esquire posting by Peter Boyer, a former Fox News executive and New Yorker writer, quoting a senior Trump official as saying of the press: “They are the opposition party … I want ’em out of the building. We are taking back the press room.”
That last comment, a killer, also recognizes today’s communications.
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