WH press corps shows unity after reporter barred from Rose Garden event

27 July, 2018, 16:50 | Author: Jason Torres
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On Wednesday, after the White House accused Collins of shouting questions and refusing to leave the Oval Office, other reporters spoke up in her defense, saying she was completely in line with protocol.

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.

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Smith laid out the response from the White House to a torrent of criticism from journalists after they banned Collins Wednesday from an announcement from the president in the Rose Garden at the White House.

Mr. Gidley said Ms. Collins "was told repeatedly to leave the Oval Office".

Collins says she was later reprimanded by press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders and communications chief Bill Shine and told she could not attend the Rose Garden event, which was open to all other members of the credentialed media.

On his visit to the UK, Mr Trump attacked an article in The Sun on the same grounds, although retracted his statement after speaking to a reporter from the paper.

The ultra-competitive White House press corps is displaying something rare and refreshing: Solidarity.

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And Trump counselor Kellyanne Conway said the incident showed the need broadly for more "civility" between reporters and the White House.

"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.

"As a member of the White House press pool, Fox stands firmly with CNN on this issue of access", Baier said on "Special Report", where he also read from CNN's statement on the matter.

Hala Gorani, an anchor for CNN International, reacted to the fracas by tweeting, "I've reported from many countries where reporters are banned from press events for not asking softball questions and the last thing I expected was for it to happen in the United States".

CNN condemned the ban as "retaliatory" and "not indicative of an open and free press". There have been cheers for the correspondents, including Collins, who deferred to their counterparts who were trying to ask follow-up questions during contentious White House briefings.

The White House Correspondents Association said "this type of retaliation is wholly inappropriate, wrong-headed, and weak".

"With regards to a meeting", he said, "I understand perfectly that President Trump has a desire to hold further meetings, and I am ready for that".



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