According to CNN, one of its reporters was banned from a White House press event in the Rose Garden on Wednesday, all because she was asking Donald Trump questions they deemed were “inappropriate.”
Kaitlin Collins, a White House reporter for CNN, was acting as the “pool reporter” for all networks during Trump’s meeting with European Union commissioner Jean-Claude Junker during the event.
She was reportedly asking Trump off-topic questions about former lawyer Michael Cohen, and of course, Russian President Vladimir Putin.
The White House banned Kaitlan Collins, a White House reporter for CNN, from a press event after Collins asked President Trump questions at an Oval Office photo op https://t.co/7QN8CoZ7sp pic.twitter.com/hWspq7W1yy
— CNN (@CNN) July 25, 2018
After the event, the former Fox News executive and new White House deputy chief of staff for communications, Bill Shine, informed Collins that she was not invited to a press availability in the Rose Garden later in the afternoon because those questions she asked were “inappropriate” for the venue.
According to Collins, Shine told her CNN was still invited to the Rose Garden event, but that she was not.
As a result, in a statement on Wednesday, CNN commented on the matter, claiming the move was “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.”