Vice President Mike Pence is often quiet regarding President Donald Trump’s attacks on the American press, but in a recent interview with Fox News’ Maria Bartiromo, Pence appeared to defend the White House move to ban pool reporter Kaitlan Collins from an event after she asked a question Trump didn’t like.
Pence praised the notion of a free press but issued a caveat that reporters’ permission to cover the White House is dependent upon their proper “decorum”.
“Let me say, this administration believes in the freedom of the press,” Pence told Bartiromo. “President Trump and our entire administration have provided extraordinary access to the media. The president answers so many questions. I can assure you we’ll continue to do that.”
The vice president added a caveat: “Maintaining the decorum that’s due at the White House is an issue. I’m very [confidant] with any network this will ensure the access of the American people to this administration. This is incredible progress.”
Bartiromo noted that Collins — a CNN reporter — was representing all networks as a pool reporter when she was barred from the White House event.
“Look the relationship between any White House and press corps is always, you know, it’s always healthy and robust and occasionally represents disagreements. I’m confident they will be able to work out the relationship in a positive way. Every network and news organization will continue to have access. We stand for the freedom of the press in this White House.”