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President-elect Donald Trump listens to a question as he speaks to reporters at Mar-a-Lago, Wednesday, Dec. 28, 2016, in Palm Beach, Fla. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

The Trump administration is considering moving the press corps from the White House


Donald Trump's presidential administration may move the White House press corps from the White House press room, Esquire reports.

Members of the press may be relocated to the White House Conference Center or a space in the Old Executive Office Building next door.

Incoming press secretary Sean Spicer confirmed the idea was being considered, though no final decision had been made.

There's been so much interest in covering a President Donald Trump. A question is: Is a room that has 49 seats accurate?
Sean Spicer

Spicer said this was partly due to simple logistics. Vice President-elect Mike Pence echoed his sentiments in an interview with CBS's Face The Nation on Sunday.

I want 'em out of the building. We are taking back the press room.
Anonymous Trump transition official

But according to Esquire, another leader of the Trump transition called the news media "the opposition party." Frequent negative coverage of Trump has led some to believe it is no longer acting impartially. 

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Why this matters

The press room has been used for decades. When it was closed for renovations during President George W. Bush's administration, he had to offer assurance that it was just a temporary move. 

While Spicer said wherever the press would end up would still be on White House ground, since the complex is 18 acres. But many fear the symbolic implications of moving the press from this oft=used room.

Incoming chief of staff Reince Priebus agreed in an interview with ABC's "This Week."

Some observers found the idea outrageous.

But some Trump supporters thought it was an appropriate retaliation.

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