CNN Reporter Banned From The White House

By Ikenga Chronicles July 27, 2018

CNN Reporter Banned From The White House

The White House has banned a CNN reporter, Kaitlan Collins for confronting Donald Trump with tough questions bordering on his relationship with his former lawyer Michael Cohen and Russian President Vladimir Putin.

The CNN reporter had served as the “pool reporter” during an Oval Office photo op with President Trump and European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker on Wednesday.

It was during that event that the reporter had the opportunity to toss out a few questions in hopes that Trump might answer.

The White House apparently did not like her line of questioning.

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“After posing questions 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 questions were ‘inappropriate,'” CNN said in a statement.

“Did Michael Cohen betray you, Mr. President?” she asked twice.

“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? Why is Vladimir Putin not accepting your invitation, Mr. President?”

After Collins asked the questions, however, she was told by Shine and Sanders that she would not be allowed to attend an open press event in the White House Rose Garden.

“I told them that is often our only chance to ask the president questions. Those questions were questions any reporter would have asked, and I was there to represent all of the networks and therefore ask about the questions of the day,” she said on CNN’s “The Situation Room” with Wolf Blitzer.

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“Just because the White House is uncomfortable with a question regarding the news of day doesn’t mean the question isn’t relevant and shouldn’t be asked,” CNN said in its statement.

“This decision to bar a member of the press is retaliatory in nature and not indicative of an open and free press. We demand better.”

The White House Correspondents’ Association (WHCA) also condemned the Trump administration’s “misguided and inappropriate decision.”

“This type of retaliation is wholly inappropriate, wrong-headed, and weak,” WHCA President Olivier Knox said.

“It cannot stand. Reporters asking questions of powerful government officials, up to and including the President, helps hold those people accountable.”

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FOX News, the president’s preferred news network, also extended their support to CNN and Collins’ right to be at the press event.

“We stand in strong solidarity with CNN for the right to full access for our journalists as part of a free and unfettered press,” wrote Jay Wallace, the president of FOX News, in a statement.

Sanders said in a statement from the White House that Collins had “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,” Sanders said.

“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.”