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The White House on Wednesday banned a CNN reporter from a press event in the Rose Garden for asking President Trump questions, according to a CNN report.
Kaitlan Collins, a White House reporter for CNN, was acting as the “pool reporter” for all networks during President Trump’s meeting with European Union commissioner Jean-Claude Juncker on Wednesday afternoon.
The article goes on to state the following:
Collins reportedly asked the president questions about the day’s most talked-about stories, a typical move for a pool reporter.
She asked, “Did Michael Cohen betray you, Mr. President?” and repeated the question once, according to CNN. She then asked, “Mr. President, are you worried about what Michael Cohen is about to say to the prosecutors? Are you worried about what is on the other tapes, Mr. President?”
When Trump didn’t respond, Collins asked, “Why is Vladimir Putin not accepting your invitation, Mr. President?”
Trump ignored the questions and said, “Thank you very much, everybody” to the press pool.
After the event, Bill Shine, the newly-minted White House deputy chief of staff for communications, called Collins into his office. White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders was also present, according to CNN.
The former Fox News executive and the press secretary then informed Collins that she was not invited to a press availability in the Rose Garden later in the afternoon because she asked questions that were “inappropriate” for the venue and for reportedly shouting the questions, according to the CNN report.
White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders released the following statement:
“At the conclusion of a press event in the Oval Office, a reporter shouted questions and refused to leave despite repeatedly being asked to do so. Subsequently, our staff informed her she was not welcome to participate in the next event, but made clear that any other journalist from her network could attend. She said it didn’t matter to her because she hadn’t planned to be there anyway. To be clear, we support a free press and ask that everyone be respectful of the presidency and guests at the White House.”
— Steve Herman (@W7VOA) July 25, 2018
Statement regarding CNN press access at today’s White House event. We demand better. pic.twitter.com/s4lSTcHVak
— CNN Communications (@CNNPR) July 25, 2018
The White House retaliated against CNN by not letting the pool reporter in an event. Well it happened a day after the exclusive airing of that @MichaelCohen212 tape with @realDonaldTrump. @realDonaldTrump was sworn to uphold the constitution. Freedom of the press.
— AprilDRyan (@AprilDRyan) July 25, 2018
The following video includes the actual incident, including Kaitlan Collins sharing her side of the story later.
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