Some outlets blocked from White House media briefing

CNN, the New York Times, Politico and the Los Angeles Times were among a group of news outlets excluded from a briefing with White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer on Friday.

Trump's attacks on the press came as the White House pushed back on a report by CNNthat a White House official had asked the Federal Bureau of Investigation to rebut a New York Times article last week detailing contacts between Trump's associates and Russian intelligence officials.

White House spokeswoman Sarah Sanders said the administration "had the pool there so everyone would be represented and get an update from us today". CNN, the LA Times, New York Times and others were denied access. "Free media access to a transparent government is obviously of crucial national interest". The Associated Press and Time magazine, whose reporters were both allowed in the gaggle, refused to attend, because of the way it was handled.

New Hampshire Democratic Rep. Carol Shea-Porter had harsher words for the Trump administration, tweeting, "If Trump can't handle press in the White House, he should move out".

Earlier today he repeated his assertion that some media outlets are the "enemy" of the people during his appearance at the Conservative Political Action Conference. And during the presidential campaign, some journalists from BuzzFeed News and Politico were prohibited from attending Trump rallies.

A representative of the foreign media was allowed inside for the gaggle.

"I want you all to know that we are fighting the fake news". The Journal says it would have joined the boycott if it had realized what was going on, the Washington Post reports.

The Trump administration has consistently been at odds with certain members of the press.

But Spicer also invited several other outlets, including the right-wing Breitbart News website, whose former chairman, Steve Bannon, is now Trump's chief strategist. Much of his speech as devoted to media's role as the "opposition party", especially in reporting on "leaks" within the White House.



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