The decision was announced by the White House press shop on a day when reporters and correspondents made their way to the building in hopes of getting the president to spout off on simmering issues, from Russian Federation to his longtime lawyer Michael Cohen. If the Trump folks were unclear on this, they should have consulted every other president before them.
But while Trump has railed against The New York Times, he has continued to speak to its reporters.
Sarah Sanders, the White House spokeswoman, said:... The White House Correspondents Association often fought with his administration over the matter.
Trump's so-called war with the media has taken on many forms, but Wednesday's action against Collins was a serious escalation.
CNN on Tuesday obtained and aired a secret audio recording that captured Trump and Cohen discussing a potential payment to a former Playboy model who claims she had an affair with Trump.
"Blocking a credentialed White House reporter from an event open to all members of the media is highly unusual and possibly unprecedented, and it marks another low point", the Washington Post's Paul Farhi and Felicia Sonmez said Wednesday evening. "The idea that there is a delicate decorum- that's not how we conduct ourselves in this White House", Tapper told Stephen Colbert.
"We stand in strong solidarity with CNN for the right to full access for our journalists as part of a free and unfettered press", network president Jay Wallace said in a statement. And while he didn't go after Dobbs on Twitter like Colbert hoped he would, Tapper did call out Dobbs' hypocrisy over his reaction to President Barack Obama's treatment of conservative reporters. "This type of retaliation is wholly inappropriate, wrong-headed, and weak".
But whether CNN succeeds in treading a middle ground depends on who you ask, he said.
The president gets the publicity he wants - footage, say, of his hand-shake with another head of state or signing key legislation into law. Mr. Trump frequently answers reporters' questions even as staffers try to usher them out of the room, creating sometimes-chaotic scenes where low-level press officers shout at reporters as the President tries to speak. Shine said to reporters on Thursday, referring to Collins, standing outside the West Wing and addressing reporters standing several feet away.
She reacted by saying, "You're banning me from an event because you didn't like the questions I asked".
Shine, the former co-president of Fox News, joined the White House as deputy chief of staff for communications last month.