The White House has released a new set of guidelines to help protect journalists and the media from the influence of outside interests.
The guidelines were drafted by the Office of the White House Counsel, which advises the president on matters pertaining to the press and other government officials.
President Donald Trump signed the new guidelines last month and they will be released later this week.
White House press secretary Sarah Sanders issued a statement in which she said:”The White House Press Briefing Room has been a space of openness and accountability for the last decade.
We believe that it is our responsibility to continue that openness, accountability and openness to our members and our guests, regardless of who they are, where they come from or what they write or say.”
Sanders said the rules would “reflect the standards of journalism and public service set by the Constitution and other laws”.
The rules would apply to White House journalists covering any of the following topics: White House events, events related to the administration, or any public events in the White Houses immediate vicinity, such as the annual White House Easter Egg Roll or the annual March of Dimes parade.
They would also apply to reporters covering events involving any other federal agency, such a Department of Defense or National Guard, or other government entity, such the Veterans Affairs Health Care System or the Environmental Protection Agency.
The rules are being released ahead of a March 15 briefing in which Trump will be questioned by reporters.
There have been several instances in the past few years where members of the media have been the subject of political attacks by the administration.
In January 2016, the Washington Post reported that then-White House chief of staff Reince Priebus had told then-FBI director James Comey that he was a “white supremacist” and “anti-Semite”.
Priebus, who had recently been fired, said at the time he was being “taken out of context”.
In September, Trump defended former White House chief strategist Stephen Bannon, saying that he had said he was “the least anti-Semitic person I’ve ever met”.
But in October, Trump faced criticism for using the term “globalists” to describe a coalition of forces, including Russia, China and other countries that he claimed were “playing a destabilising role”.
Last month, Trump also told CNN that former President Barack Obama had been “soft on Isis” in the run-up to the Iraq war.
Trump has repeatedly said he wanted to defeat ISIS and said it was Obama’s fault.
Trump has also repeatedly attacked journalists, claiming that he does not trust the media and that he would not have called the 2016 election if he was president.
He has also suggested that he will not be able to fire reporters, but said on Saturday that he could.
Sanders added that the White Senate Office of Public Liaison would be reviewing the rules before they are released to the public.
“I would urge the Whitehouse Counsel, and the WhiteHouse staff, to read the guidelines and make sure that the standards are clear, that the guidelines are clear,” she said.
It is not the first time the White house has been criticised for its rules.
In September 2015, then-Vice President Joe Biden was forced to resign after he issued a memo which outlined rules to prevent journalists from being manipulated by outside interests to publish stories favourable to the White Democrats.
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