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White House defends decision to bar CNN reporter from event

27 July 2018

During the morning press pool, Collins asked Trump if he felt "betrayed" by his former attorney, Michael Cohen, after it was revealed that Cohen recorded several meetings with the president, including one meeting in which he discussed a possible payment to a former Playboy model. "This is a normal occurrence and it [was] also our only chance to ask President Trump questions that day".

"It's still kind of doing the old-fashioned notion of reporter with some kind of objectivity. and I think that drives the president absolutely insane", added Thompson, from the SI Newhouse School of Public Communications at Syracuse University.

Collins wasn't just in the room with Trump and Juncker on behalf of CNN.

Wrangling the press at sprays can get complicated in the Trump era, because the impulsive president will listen to the shouted questions - and sometimes answer the ones he likes. "That's because Trump's long-suffering press wranglers start shouting "time to go" at the very moment that the formalities conclude-and then Trump proceeds to drag things out by taking a question here, a question there".

"Just because the White House is uncomfortable with a question regarding the news of the day doesn't mean the question isn't relevant and shouldn't be asked", according to the statement.

Journalists reacted with dismay when the Trump administration barred CNN's Kaitlan Collins from attending a presidential event in the Rose Garden.

"Any media outlet attracting that much anger from the White House is likely to gain something in terms of reputation in the industry".

"In the event I make a mistake, I tell you and correct it in a timely and appropriate manner", Smith said.

Cohen Tapes Erase Attorney-Client Privilege, 'Indication of a Fraud'
The paper reported that Cohen told Cuomo he wasn't running a tape - before recording their entire conversation. Cohen and his [attorneys] refuse to provide us the tapes, which is a direct ethical violation (see letter)".

Ms Collins said she had tried to ask Mr Trump questions about Russian President Vladimir Putin's postponed visit and recently released tapes documenting a conversation with lawyer Michael Cohen.

"Bill Shine, full disclosure, is my personal friend", Smith said Thursday during his show "Shepard Smith Reporting".

Fox News' chief political anchor Bret Baier defended Collins on-air and in a series of tweets Wednesday.

She reacted by saying, "You're banning me from an event because you didn't like the questions I asked".

CNN, in a statement, objected to the move, calling it "retaliatory in nature" and "not indicative of an open and free press". "This type of retaliation is wholly inappropriate, wrong-headed, and weak".

The White House Correspondents' Association issued a statement condemning the White House's decision.

The president gets the publicity he wants - footage, say, of his hand-shake with another head of state or signing key legislation into law.

White House defends decision to bar CNN reporter from event