Trump again blocks media from attending major event


Upon arriving at Trump International Hotel in Washington, D.C. for his initial reelection fundraiser Wednesday evening, President Trump was greeted by protesters.

As the presidential motorcade arrived outside the hotel where the $35,000-per-person fundraiser was being held, demonstrators booed and waved signs. Issues concerning the protesters ranged from healthcare to the environment, and the way in which the Trump administration is approaching those issues.

Trump is setting a new pace with his first reelection fundraiser, which came less than six months into his presidency, while former Presidents Barack Obama and George W. Bush held their initial reelection fundraisers during the second year of their presidencies.

The fundraiser was initially slated to be closed to the media, but White House Deputy Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders then announced that the event would be open to the White House press pool. Shortly thereafter, the decision was reversed and members of the media were not allowed to attend.

Reporters were typically allowed to attend Obama fundraisers while he was delivering formal remarks.

After reducing the frequency of on-camera daily press briefings in recent weeks, the Trump White House has faced increased criticism from the media.

The president also banned the media from attending another significant event earlier in June.

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