White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders responded in a statement Wednesday evening.

“At the conclusion of a press event in the Oval Office a reporter shouted questions and refused to leave despite repeatedly being asked to do so,” Sanders said. “Subsequently, 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.”

Sanders said Kaitlan Collins had told the White House she did not plan to attend the Rose Garden event anyway.

"To be clear, we support a free press and ask that everyone be respectful of the presidency and guests at the White House," Sanders added.

Original Post

The White House banned CNN reporter Kaitlan Collins from a Rose Garden event that was open to the press Wednesday afternoon.

Collins was serving as the pool reporter that day, a role that reporters from major networks take turns doing, during a meeting between Trump and Jean-Claude Juncker, the president of the European Commission. She shouted some questions along with other members of the press following the photo-op.

"Did Michael Cohen betray you, Mr. President?" Kaitlan Collins asked, repeated the question, and then asked "Mr. President, are you worried about what Michael Cohen is about to say to the prosecutors? Are you worried about what is on the other tapes, Mr. President?"

She also repeatedly asked, "Why is Vladimir Putin not accepting your invitation, Mr. President?"

Trump did not respond and said, "Thank you very much, everybody" to the press pool.

Comments

Stories