Respected Black Journalist Uninvited To W.H. XMAS Party After Attending For 20 Years

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The White House Christmas party is becoming one hot controversy this year. CNN was invited, but announced that the network will not attend. A CNN spokesperson made a statement, saying:

‘CNN will not be attending this year’s White House Christmas party. In light of the President’s continued attacks on freedom of the press and CNN, we do not feel it is appropriate to celebrate with him as his invited guests. We will send a White House reporting team to the event and report on it if news warrants.’

Trump has continually criticized CNN as “fake news,” and Saturday he tweeted that CNN has represented our nation to the world fairly poorly and bragged on Fox News as being the only credible news network.

Now, it seems that CNN is the only one not attending the White House Christmas party. The White House has reportedly snubbed a well-respected African-American journalist. April Ryan, who is the White House correspondent for American Urban Radio Networks and also a CNN contributor, has been attending the party for 20 years. This the first one to which she has not been invited.

Ryan and White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders majorly clashed recently over Ryan asking if the White House still supports slavery. General John Kelly cited the reason for the start of the Civil War as being due to lack of ability to compromise. As a follow up, Ryan asked the White House press secretary:

‘Compromise. The issue of compromise. What is the definition of compromise as it relates to slavery and the Civil War?’

Sanders responded with:

‘Look, I’m not going to get in and relitigate the Civil War like I told you yesterday. I think I’ve addressed the concerns that a lot of people had and the questions that you had. I’m not going to relitigate history here.’

Ryan continued to grill her about the issue, going on to say:

‘I’m asking a question, Sarah, seriously. The question is, does this administration believe, does the president believe slavery was wrong? And before you answer, Mary Frances Berry, a historian, said in 1860 there was a compromise. The compromise was to have Southern states keep slavery but the Confederacy fired on Fort Sumter that caused the Civil War. And because of the Civil War, what happened? The North won.’

Sanders gave a short and incomplete answer before moving on, saying:

‘I think it is disgusting and absurd to suggest that anyone inside of this building would support slavery.’

Ryan and Sanders also clashed right before the Thanksgiving holiday during a press conference where Sanders shared what she was thankful for and said she wanted reporters to do the same before taking their questions. When called upon, April Ryan said she was thankful for her life, her children, for her job of 20 years, and getting to ask Sanders questions “every single day.” Sanders responded with her fake smile, saying:

‘I feel your thankfulness, there.’

Ryan shot back with:

‘I’m sure you feel the passion of my thankfulness.’

Getting her last words in, Sanders responded back, saying:

‘April, I”m starting to regret calling on you now.’

Here is what people on Twitter thought about Ryan being snubbed:

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