The White House’s barring of CNN journalist Kaitlan Collins from a recent event follows repeated requests from President Donald Trump to ban certain reporters from press briefings, according to a Friday Washington Post report.
The Washington Post reported Friday that Trump, angered by what he believes to be disrespectful behavior from journalists toward his administration, has spoken to aides about blacklisting CNN's Jim Acosta and American Urban Radio Networks reporter April Ryan, who is also a CNN contributor.
White House aides had reportedly resisted Trump's requests until Bill Shine, Trump's new deputy chief of staff, and White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders barred CNN's Kaitlan Collins from a press event Wednesday.
The Post said White House officials have worried that giving in to Trump and barring reporters from press briefings would worsen the administration’s already tense relationship with the press.
"Is there nothing that we could do?” Trump has vented to aides, an unnamed former White House official told the Post.
The White House did not immediately respond to a request for comment from The Hill on the Post's report.