CNN correspondent blocked from White Property press occasion
A CNN correspondent stated she was barred from an open White Residence press occasion on Wednesday following inquiries she asked President Trump earlier in the day.
The correspondent, Kaitlan Collins, says the White House denied her access to Trump’s Rose Garden statement on trade with the European Union Commission president because officials discovered her earlier concerns "inappropriate."
Collins’ queries had focused on Trump’s former lawyer, Michael Cohen, and the recent revelations of audio recordings of talk amongst the two men.
"Did Michael Cohen betray you, Mr. President," Collins could be heard asking Trump in a clip provided by CNN. "Mr. President, did Michael Cohen betray you? Mr. President, are you worried about what Michael Cohen is going to say to prosecutors?"
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Collins could also be heard asking about Russian President Vladimir Putin, who met with Trump in Helsinki, Finland, this month and was in the approach of getting invited to Washington for a followup meeting. "Why has Vladimir Putin not accepted your invitation?" she asked. "Why has Vladimir Putin not accepted your invitation, Mr. President? Are you worried about what is on the other tapes, Mr. President?"
The president did not address Collins’ inquiries.
CNN backed their correspondent and dismissed the appropriateness problem.
&ldquoToday, CNN White Property correspondent Kaitlan Collins was denied access to cover an open press event at The White House. Soon after posing queries to President Trump earlier in the day as the network pool reporter, Collins was told by White House deputy chief of staff for communications Bill Shine and press secretary Sarah Sanders that her concerns have been &lsquoinappropriate.&rsquo They had been not. Just because the White Home is uncomfortable with a question with regards to the news of day doesn&rsquot imply the query isn&rsquot relevant and shouldn&rsquot be asked,&rdquo the network said in a statement.
&ldquoThis selection to bar a member of the press is retaliatory in nature and not indicative of an open and cost-free press. We demand greater.&rdquo
Sanders did not deny that Collins was kept out of the event but claimed that other CNN journalists have been welcome to attend in her place.
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&ldquoAt the conclusion of a press occasion in the Oval Office a reporter shouted questions and refused to leave in spite of repeatedly becoming asked to do so,&rdquo Sanders said in a statement. &ldquoSubsequently, our employees informed her she was not welcome to participate in the next event, but created clear that any other journalist from her network could attend. She stated it didn&rsquot matter to her simply because she hadn&rsquot planned to be there anyway. To be clear, we assistance a free press and ask that everyone be respectful of the presidency and guests at the White Residence.&rdquo
Fox News President Jay Wallace mentioned the network stood with CNN.
&ldquoWe stand in sturdy solidarity with CNN for the right to full access for our journalists as element of a free of charge and unfettered press," Wallace said.
&ldquoAs a member of the White House press pool, Fox stands firmly with CNN on this problem of access,&rdquo Fox News chief political anchor Bret Baier stated on "Special Report" on Wednesday evening.
The move to maintain Collins away from the event was met with condemnation by the White Home Correspondents Association (WHCA).
&ldquoWe strongly condemn the White House’s misguided and inappropriate choice today to bar 1 of our members from an open press event after she asked questions they did not like,&rdquo WHCA President Olivier Knox said in a statement.
&ldquoThis variety of retaliation is wholly inappropriate, incorrect-headed, and weak. It cannot stand. Reporters asking concerns of strong government officials, up to and like the president, assists hold these folks accountable. In our republic, the WHCA supports the prerogative of all reporters to do their jobs with out fear of reprisal from the government.&rdquo
The Trump White Property has frequently tangled with CNN and its reporters, with the president notably deeming the network &ldquofake news.&rdquo
Fox News&rsquo Bryan Boughton and The Linked Press contributed to this report.
Published at Wed, 25 Jul 2018 23:45:00 +0000