Veteran journalist April Ryan, one of the few minority female journalists credentialed to attend the White House daily press briefings, has not been invited to their annual Holiday party, despite having been a guest at this yuletide gala for the past twenty years under several different presidents.
The American Urban Radio Networks Washington bureau chief said it was no mistake that she had yet to receive an invitation to the Christmas gala.
“I don’t think I was overlooked,” Ryan told The Washington Post. “I think they don’t like me. For whatever reason, they have disdain for me.”
She added: “[Trump] has the right to invite whoever he wants. He chose not to invite me. I’m good.”
The NAACP on Wednesday tweeted:
"April Ryan, the White House correspondent for American Urban Radio Networks and a CNN contributor, told the Post she was not invited for the first time in 20 years covering the White House." https://t.co/kYzsVFMpXG
— NAACP (@NAACP) November 29, 2017
CNN announced that it will boycott the annual White House Christmas party for the first time amid ongoing tensions between President Trump and the network.
“In light of the President’s continued attacks on freedom of the press and CNN, we do not feel it is appropriate to celebrate with him as invited guests,” a spokesperson for the CNN said on Monday.
“We will send a White House reporting team to the event and report on it if news warrants,” the spokesperson added in a statement.
White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders took to Twitter to celebrate the news on Tuesday, tweeting, “Christmas comes early! Finally, good news from @CNN.”
— Sarah Sanders (@PressSec) November 29, 2017