White House bans CNN's Kaitlan Collins over 'wrong questions'

  • White House bans CNN's Kaitlan Collins over 'wrong questions'

White House bans CNN's Kaitlan Collins over 'wrong questions'

Asked whether Mr. Trump had directed the decision, Gidley replied- "The President does feel strongly about this".

Trump did not answer any of the questions Collins posed.

Reporters immediately suspected there might be more to the decision than concern for how the helicopter would perform on a day with mild conditions, blue skies, and limited cloud cover in Washington and the Maryland suburbs.

It is customary for the press pool to lob a few questions at the president.

And Trump counselor Kellyanne Conway said the incident showed the need broadly for more "civility" between reporters and the White House.

There are plenty of questions Trump might want to avoid.

On Wednesday, White House aides banned CNN reporter Kaitlan Collins for shouting questions Trump did not like, setting off a national debate about how the press does its job. Collins asked. "Mr. President, are you anxious about what Michael Cohen is going to say to prosecutors?.Why has Vladimir Putin not accepted your invitation, Mr. President?" On the recording, which was first aired on CNN Tuesday night, Trump and Cohen appear to be discussing a hush-money payoff to former Playboy model Karen McDougal, who said she had a year-along affair with Trump more than a decade ago.

CBS News' Steven Portnoy, who was serving as the radio network pool reporter for the day, said Collins "was no less willing to leave" the office than "any other member of the larger-than-usual press contingent".

"Any media outlet attracting that much anger from the White House is likely to gain something in terms of reputation in the industry".

Fox News issued a statement saying "we stand in strong solidarity with CNN for the right to full access for our journalists as part of a free and unfettered press".

CNN's Jeff Zeleny pointed out on Twitter that asking questions is what reporters do every day.

On his visit to the UK, Mr Trump attacked an article in The Sun on the same grounds, although retracted his statement after speaking to a reporter from the paper.

Shine, the former co-president of Fox News, joined the White House as deputy chief of staff for communications last month.

"That she asked relevant and timely questions of a president who often answers questions under identical circumstances and in the same setting", he added.

The White House Correspondents Association said "this type of retaliation is wholly inappropriate, wrong-headed, and weak. It can not stand", WHCA President Olivier Knox said.

"Focus now. You ask her if we ever used the word ban", Shine said earlier Thursday.

"CNN is fake news, I don't take questions from CNN", the president snapped during a press conference in Britain earlier this month.