WH Bans CNN Reporter For Asking Trump About Putin

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Journalists and free press advocates responded to the obvious disconnect in the White House's statement.

"To address the thing about how Collins "refused" to leave the session upon request: Such a "refusal" could well be attributed to just about any pool representative who has filed into an Oval Office meeting, "wrote media critic Erik Wemple at the Washington Post".

It is standard protocol for reporters to ask the president questions at such events, and Trump, unlike some of his predecessors, often engages.

"Did Michael Cohen betray you, Mr. President?"

"When you ask her if we ever used the word 'ban, ' then I will answer that question. She also asked Trump if he is anxious about what might be on any other tapes recorded by Cohen, and why Russian President Vladimir Putin had not yet accepted Trump's invitation to come to Washington".

"Could you ask her if we ever used the word ban?"

"It's quite the opposite", said Smith on his afternoon newscast following the administration's decision to exclude CNN correspondent Kaitlan Collins to attend a press event with Trump and European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker. "I've seen it on lower thirds", Shine said to a group of reporters assembled outside the White House Thursday.

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"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", the network said.

"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", Huckabee Sanders said in a statement. The decision to bar a member of the press is retaliatory in nature and not indicative of an open and free press.

President Donald Trump had to travel by motorcade to Joint Base Andrews Thursday after the White House announced a "bad weather call" on a lovely sunny day in Washington, D.C.

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

After the president gets the images and audio he wants, White House press aides seeking to keep the president "on-message" will sometimes try to out-shout the shouting reporters, hollering, "THANK YOU!" which keeps Trump from hearing the questions in the first place.

White House staff at one point shouted at reporters to leave the room.

Even Fox News, where Shine used to be a top executive before resigning over his handling of sexual harassment scandals rocking the network, slapped him down for barring a reporter from doing her job.