The White House and CNN reportedly continued their fight over press room access in dispute over a reporting seat at Friday's coronavirus briefing.
The altercation could be the next step in the White House exerting what it argues is its constitutionally-sound right to maintain order in its press briefings.
Under the existing media seating chart created by the journalist-run White House Correspondents' Association (WHCA), CNN has prime real estate on the front row.
"Earlier today before the briefing, a White House official instructed the print pooler to take CNN’s seat in the briefing room because the seating would be swapped for the briefing," Chris Johnson, the chief political reporter and White House reporter for the Washington Blade, wrote in a press pool report. "Given the seating assignment is under the jurisdiction of White House Correspondents' Association, not the White House, pooler refused to move."
Johnson said the dispute continued until the Secret Service stepped in.