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."
📻 Here's audio of what @seanspicer said at a press gaggle where certain media outlets were blocked from attending… https://t.co/TxuySruI2l— POLITICO (@POLITICO) 1487973795.0
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.