Donald Trump is known for doing some pretty petty and childish things in his lifetime, most of which were done in front of a camera for purposes of getting the attention he’s been searching for his entire life; the attention he didn’t get from his parents.
He has attacked the “liberal media” so many times in the past two years, that the number of attacks is unknown. We simply lost count. Every opportunity he has to speak before a crowd, sit for an interview, or just shout out statements to reporters as he’s walking by, he takes them. CNN has received the brunt of the anger over the “fake news” conspiracy theory that Donald has his uneducated masses believing in wholeheartedly.
Wednesday, Trump announced that CNN would be banned from attending a press event that will be taking place in the White House Rose Garden soon, and the news didn’t go over so well.
Now, the White House Correspondents’ Association has responded to Trump’s cherry-picking of media outlets allowed to attend, and their reaction went viral in seconds. The association issued the following response:
“We strongly condemn the White House’s misguided and inappropriate decision today to bar one of our members from an open press event after she asked questions they did not like. This type of retaliation is wholly inappropriate, wrong-headed, and weak. It cannot stand. Reporters asking questions of powerful government officials, up to and including the President, helps hold those people accountable. In our republic, the WHCA supports the prerogative of all reporters to do their jobs without fear of reprisal from the government.”
CNN reported this about the events that led up to Trump banning the reporter:
“On Wednesday afternoon Collins was representing all the television networks as the “pool reporter” in the room during a meeting between Trump and Jean-Claude Juncker, the president of the European Commission. As is customary, Collins lobbed a few questions at the president. She asked about Vladimir Putin and Michael Cohen. Trump did not answer the questions. Later in the afternoon, the White House surprised the press corps by announcing a press availability with Trump and Juncker in the Rose Garden. It was said to be open to all press, not just the small pool.”
“A few minutes later, Collins was asked to come to Bill Shine’s office. Shine, a former co-president of Fox News, is the new deputy chief of staff for communications. Shine and press secretary Sarah Sanders met Collins there. They said ‘You are dis-invited from the press availability in the Rose Garden today,'” Collins said in an interview. “They said that the questions I asked were inappropriate for that venue. And they said I was shouting.”