Republican Party of Virginia Chairman John Whitbeck on Friday praised the Trump administration's move to block major news outlets from a White House press briefing.

"Why would we let media who hate us have access to @POTUS,?" Whitbeck said on Twitter Friday afternoon. "Time to take a stand."

News organizations including the New York Times, the Los Angeles Times, CNN and Politico were blocked from joining an informal, on the record White House press briefing on Friday. The Associated Press chose not to participate in the gaggle following the move by White House press secretary Sean Spicer.

"The AP believes the public should have as much access to the president as possible," Lauren Easton, the AP's director of media relations, said in a statement.

Several news organizations were allowed in, including the conservative website Breitbart News. The site's former executive chairman, Steve Bannon, is chief strategist to President Donald Trump.

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