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On Thursday, the RNC chairman, Reince Priebus, said the party’s leadership was “disappointed” by the decision to hold a news conference with a small contingent of the press corps.
The news conference was supposed to include the head of the Republican National Committee, Reuven Rivlin, and the RNC’s top ethics officer, Katie Packer, but only three reporters were allowed inside the meeting room.
“It’s unfortunate that these reporters, these journalists that we depend on, are not allowed to participate in that meeting,” Priebus told reporters in the conference room.
Priebus said the RNC will not allow the news conference to take place in an open setting and that it will allow reporters to attend the next one, which will be held on June 28.
“We’ve always said that if we want to make sure that this committee works with the people of the United States of America, we will let our reporters in.
We will let them have a seat at the table,” Priebus said.
“The news conference today was a distraction from what’s actually important: the next convention that we’re about to host.”
Priebus added that the RNC “will not allow itself to be distracted” by media coverage of the convention.
“As soon as the press has been allowed in the room, we’ll start to talk to them,” he said.
Priebus also said that the Republican Party’s “leadership is focused on building a powerful brand.”
Priebus said that “we’re very clear” about how the RNC plans to address “the growing number of unaffiliated voters” who will likely vote in the presidential election.
Priebus, a former chairman of the RNC and the Republican nominee in the 2016 presidential election, told reporters Thursday that the GOP’s strategy will focus on “focusing on voter registration and outreach” and will “ensure that our message is heard and heard loud.”
“We’re going to do everything in our power to make it easier for people to vote and to encourage people to get out and vote,” he added.
“I don’t think there’s anything that we don’t want to do to make this election more democratic and more open.”
But aides to Packer said they were disappointed with Priebus’s decision to have the press conference.
“Our communications team has been working with Reince on a number of strategic plans, including how to communicate the message to more voters,” Packer wrote in an email to Politico.
“He has consistently been clear about the RNC not being able to participate, and that this will be our message for the convention.”
Packer also said the press briefing “will be an opportunity to learn more about the party, which we will be doing in an effort to better understand what drives the Republican base and what the Republican leadership is thinking about going forward.”
Packestem said the decision “has been disappointing.”
“As a party, we have a strong message of inclusion and diversity and we want our members to be engaged in the process, to listen to each other, and to understand what is happening in our party,” Packesteb wrote in a separate email to the Associated Press.
“So this press conference has been disappointing to say the least.
We understand that this is a very small minority of our members, and we appreciate that Reince wants to make these announcements as soon as possible to ensure that this important work is being done.”
Packertem also wrote that the news meeting “was not about the news.
It was about creating a more inclusive party.”