An administration official confirmed to Breitbart News that the policy will be in effect for a full six months, as of October 31, 2017.
The official, who spoke on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to speak on the record, also confirmed that this is a “transition” policy, meaning that the transition period will continue to take place until the policy takes effect on October 31.
However, the official added that the new policy will not include any restrictions on how the Obama Administration chooses to interact with its news outlets.
The Obama administration has long attempted to ensure that the media has access to the most up-to-date news in a free and democratic society.
During the 2016 election cycle, the Obama administration repeatedly criticized the American news media for their lack of coverage of President Donald Trump.
In a February 2017 statement, the Office of Public Engagement (OPE) stated that it is “unable to provide a definitive number on the number of outlets that are currently subject to the Presidential Transition Program.”
However, during the 2016 campaign, the Trump administration said that it would “take care of” media outlets that were in the “transit category” that Obama had designated.
The 2016 presidential campaign also prompted a flurry of speculation about who would be in charge of the Transition Office, as former Obama Administration press secretary Mark Krikorian told reporters in March 2017 that he believed “the transition office is going to be staffed by a number of people, people with a political background, and people who have been doing this for a long time.”
As part of the Obama transition, the White House has taken a number out of the loop in how it chooses to manage the press.
President Obama, who took office in 2009, was in charge for nearly eight years before leaving office in January 2021.
The first term of President Trump’s administration saw a number the administration have taken into account during the transition, including the number and quality of news stories that the President wanted covered and the number that were deemed “too bad to publish.”
The Trump administration has attempted to maintain the same level of control over how the press handles this transition period that the Obama administrations administration.
Trump’s transition team has been under intense scrutiny from reporters over the past few months, particularly in light of the revelations from former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn’s guilty plea in a criminal investigation into Russian meddling in the 2016 U.S. election.
The administration has also been criticized for its lack of transparency regarding its transition policy.
The Trump transition team was reportedly instructed to use a different media strategy than the Obama White House and instead of using a government account to disseminate their message, they have used private email accounts and an unofficial Twitter account.
In response to the Flynn story, the American press has become more vocal about the lack of oversight the Trump transition has over its communications with the media.
On September 29, the New York Times published a front-page article titled “The Trump Transition Is Being Told to ‘Do More Than Just Post Pizzagate,'” which described how the Trump Transition has been instructed to “do more than just post Pizzasagate,” despite the fact that the White the transition has been the subject of investigations and the Trump Administration has repeatedly sought to downplay any connections between the Russian government and the 2016 presidential election.
In the past, the Administration has attempted, and failed, to keep the media in the loop about the Trump White House’s transition process.
In November, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) issued an order that mandated the Trump and Obama administrations to communicate with the press, specifically when the President’s transition is taking place, including when there are news stories or events that the Trump team is trying to cover up.
As of October 1, 2017, the transition team is in compliance with the order.