President Trump reportedly told White House officials to ban CNN’s Jim Acosta and American Urban Radio Networks’s April Ryan, who is also a CNN contributor, from White House press briefings in recent months, angered about their supposed treatment of his administration.
The Washington Post reports that White House aides had resisted the president’s requests until this week’s decision by communications director Bill Shine’s to bar CNN’s Kaitlan Collins from a press event.
“Is there nothing that we could do?” Trump reportedly vented to aides.
CNN responded in a statement on Wednesday, calling the White House’s decision to bar Collins “not indicative of a free and open press.”
“Just because the White House is uncomfortable with a question regarding the news of day doesn’t mean the question isn’t relevant and shouldn’t be asked,” the network said. “This decision to bar a member of the press is retaliatory in nature and not indicative of an open and free press. We demand better.”