WATCH| Raffi Williams reports from the Donald Trump press conference.
It was a tough first press conference. Even before Donald Trump took questions from the media, press secretary Sean Spicer had some harsh words for news outlets who reported on unsubstantiated allegations about Trump’s purported ties to Russia--signaling out CNN and Buzzfeed, the two media outlets that first reported on details of a 35-page document that is alleged to have compromising information about the President-elect.
WATCH | The press room where reporters are asking questions is packed When asked about it, Trump responded by calling the reports a “failing piece of garbage.”
There were tense moments, especially when CNN reporter Jim Acosta yelled out, “Since you are attacking us, can you give us a question?”
“Not you,” Trump said. “Your organization is terrible!”
“You are attacking our news organization, can you give us a chance to ask a question, sir?” Acosta said. Trump responded, telling him “don’t be rude.”
WATCH | Here's the clip of Trump's exchange with Acosta.
Trump admits to being germaphobe when talking about leaked docs #TrumpPressConference— Raffi Williams (@Raffiwilliams) January 11, 2017
UPDATE 11:38 am: Trump refuted details from unverified memos.
Meetings classified can't talk about— Raffi Williams (@Raffiwilliams) January 11, 2017
Disgrace info was let out. Saw info fake news phony stuff according to trump #TrumpPressConference
UPDATE 11:30 am: Fox News asked first about Russian allegations.UPDATE 10:30 am: The room where media has gathered at President-elect Donald Trump's first press conference on Wednesday is electric. Following reports of allegations from unverified reports that Russia had compromising information about Trump, the expectation here at New York's Trump Tower is that whoever gets the first question --this likely be this issue.
Trump and Russia have both denied the authenticity of the claims.
Vice President-elect Mike Pence shakes hands with Trump.
The scene at the back of the press room. ORIGINAL STORY
All eyes are going to be on President-elect Donald Trump on Wednesday when he holds his first press conference in nearly six months.
Trump hasn’t exactly had a warm and fuzzy relationship with the media, often bypassing traditional mainstream outlets. By now, anyone watching the President-elect has learned to keep an eye on Twitter where Trump frequently opines. Trump also laid out his first 100 days plan via YouTube instead of a press conference like past president-elects have done.
Trump has waited longer than any president-elect since Jimmy Carter in the 70s to hold a press conference. Both George W. Bush and Barack Obama held a press conference within a week of their first election.
Trump's delay in holding a press conference has some in the media worried about access when he becomes the head of state next week.
WATCH | Trump's taking questions from the press on Wednesday but how he will treat the press remains to be seen.
“The fact that the President-elect has not held one in a long time is a concern, yes," Jeff Mason, the president of the White House Correspondent Association told Circa. "But he is holding one soon, and that is good. And we hope that he goes back to the tradition of holding them regularly which he did earlier in his campaign.”
Trump's use of Twitter and new media in an attempt to go around the mainstream media is nothing new according to presidential historians. According to Professor Martha Joynt Kumar, an expert in White House press relations, President Dwight Eisenhower was the first to televise his news conferences, which forced the media to evolve and adapt.
And Obama used social media.
“You know Obama was a leader and a trailblazer with that kind of stuff with Facebook and YouTube channels and all kinds of unconventional web shows," Paul Brandus of the West Wing Report told Circa. "Every president moves the ball a little further down the field, and Obama moved it quite a ways in terms of doing new things...and I think Trump will do the same thing.”
Early in the campaign, Trump was regularly engaged with the press. He frequently held press conferences and always seemed available for comment. But how he will interact with the press once he is in office remains unclear.
“I think that any new administration comes in and has a desire to change things a little bit, that's normal. This administration is no different, they may have a desire to change things more than some others," Mason said. "I'm reserving judgment, and remain cautiously optimistic.”
To ensure that the media isn’t ignored, Mason has already met with members of Trump’s team and has been assured that the president-elect will have a protective pool-- a presidential tradition where a group of journalists follow the president's every move in case something happens.
This was a concern after Trump ditched his press pool soon after being elected.
But there are still many unanswered questions, like if the daily press briefing format and seating assignments will change.
“The Trump transition team has indicated that they want to make some changes once they get here but they haven't been super clear yet about what those changes will be,” Mason said.