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Spicer defends decision to kick media outlets out of the briefing room

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WASHINGTON, DC - JANUARY 30: White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer reacts to reporters' questions in the Brady Press Briefing Room at the White House January 30, 2017 in Washington, DC. U.S. President Donald Trump announced Monday that he will reveal his 'unbelievably highly respected' pick to replace the late Supreme Court Antonin Scalia on Tuesday evening. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

Earlier today, Press Secretary Sean Spicer barred several news agencies such as CNN, New York Times, Daily Mail, CNN, etc from a press gaggle, after saying that the Trump Administration would "push back" on "false narratives." This decision has raised the ire of these news organizations, causing them to speak out scathingly against the move, including CNN host Jake Tapper who took a moment during The Lead to denounce the move.

 

Politico has now released audio of Spicer defending the move, saying  "we had a pool and then we expanded it, we added some folks to come cover it."

He added "It was my decision to decide to expand the pool. We are going to aggressively push back. We're just not going to sit back and let, you know, false narratives, false stories, inaccurate facts get out there."

Just moments before, Trump lambasted "fake news" at CPAC, telling the crowd that his administration is "fighting" it. These outlets, were typically organizations he's vocally denounced in the past.

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