White House press corps
The White House press corps is comprised of members of the media assigned by their employers to cover the President of the United States on a regular basis. They are represented by the White House Correspondents Association, which establishes rules of conduct and acts as a mediator in case of disputes between the government and the media.
Often a smaller group of reporters, cameramen, and photographers known as the "White House press pool" is assembled to report back to their colleagues on events where the venue would attendance by the full press corps logistically difficult.
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ABC | Agence France Presse | American Urban Radio Networks | Associated Press | Bloomberg | CBS | Chicago Tribune | CBN | Christian Science Monitor | Copley News Service | Cox News Service | CNN | Dallas Morning News | Dow Jones | Financial Times | Fox News | Hearst | Houston Chronicle | Human Events || Los Angeles Times | McClatchy | National Journal | National Public Radio | National Review | NBC | Newsweek | New York Daily News | New York Times | Reuters | Salem Radio Network | Scripps Howard | Slate | Talk Radio Network | Time | USA Today/Gannett | U.S. News | Voice of America | Wall Street Journal | Washington Examiner | The Washington Post | Washington Times
Relations between the press corps and the Trump Administration have been strained because, President Trump has labelled the press corps as the enemy of the American people, and the press corps has been pressing stories about the connection between President Trump and his campaign staff with Russia. This intensified after the resignation of National Security Advisor Flynn. In addition, a number of Trump Administration officials have been leaking information to the press as a tactic to gain advantage and advance their position within the administration.
In response, on February 24, 2017, the White House Press Office started to exclude a number of national news outlets from private briefings. In response, the White House Correspondence Association issued this statement:
The WHCA board is protesting strongly against how today's gaggle is being handled by the White House. We encourage the organizations that were allowed in to share the material with others in the press corps who were not. The board will be discussing this further with White House staff.
On February 25, 2017, President Trump used Twitter to announce that he will not be attending the Annual White House Correspondence Dinner, where by custom, the President delivers a humorous speech.