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Trump Ditches His Traveling Press in Arizona and Heads to Mexico

Screen Shot 2016-08-31 at 11.28.43 AMIt’s no secret that GOP presidential nominee Donald Trump has been antagonistic toward the media for a long time, as have his followers. Insulting reporters is nothing new for his campaign, and neither is banning them from events in small quantities, but wholesale bans are a new one.

That didn’t stop him from enacting one today!

Campaign manager Kellyanne Conway said American press would be present…

…but CNN’s Jeremy Diamond said that Trump routed the media plane away from Mexico and put the press in Phoenix, where he will give a speech later:

From the AP’s Jill Colvin:

From CNN’s Brian Stelter:

Here’s why this is an issue:

The campaign will have much more freedom to sculpt the narrative around the trip. Yes, reporters stationed in Mexico will be able to document the event and a few reporters from America may even be able to get down there on their own in time, but those left in Phoenix are the ones who have been covering the campaign and thus, are the ones with the background knowledge to craft comprehensive pieces of reporting on the trip.

The trip was announced last-minute last night.

[image via Gage Skidmore]

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