Despite the White House’s decision to revoke CNN reporter Jim Acosta’s press pass last week, Vice President Mike Pence insisted on Thursday that the Trump administration has “stood strong for a free and independent press”.
> "This administration has stood strong for a free and independent press and defended the freedom of the press on a world stage," the vice president told reporters on Thursday, according to ABC News. Pence was in Singapore at the time for an international summit.
> His comments come after Trump and his top officials have faced scrutiny over the revocation of CNN correspondent Jim Acosta’s White House press credentials, the latest in a long line of attacks against reporters by a President who takes coverage that is less than fawning as a personal affront.
> But CNN immediately fired back with a lawsuit against the Trump administration and was joined by other media outlets, perhaps most notably Fox News, which has so far devoted itself to furthering the President's agenda. On Friday a federal judge ruled that the administration had to return the press pass to Acosta. In response, Trump demanded that there be “decorum” from reporters when they are at the White House.
Pence said Trump’s contentious relationship with the American press is nowhere near as problematic as some other world leaders:
> During a one-on-one meeting with the Myanmar’s leader Aung San Suu Kyi, Pence called the arrest and jailing of the two reporters “deeply troubling” and that “in America, we believe in our democratic institutions and ideals, including a free and independent press.”
> "There's no comparison whatsoever between disagreements over decorum at the White House and the imprisonment of the two reporters in Myanmar,” Pence added, without addressing the President's calls for violence against reporters, and the ways they have been interpreted by his supporters.