WHCA President: Trump Campaign Called Volunteer Who Blocked Lens ‘Inexperienced,’ Took Him off the Road


By now you’ve probably seen the photo of a Trump volunteer physically blocking the lens of a photographer’s camera during last night’s presidential rally.

The volunteer was apparently trying to stop the photographer from getting a picture of a protester.

Journalists were stunned by this rather blatant attempt to literally block the press.

Today White House Correspondents Association president Olivier Knox released a statement after speaking with the Trump campaign. The volunteer has apparently been taken off the trail.

You can read the full statement below:

Dear Friends and Colleagues,

By now, you’ve seen the photograph from the Trump rally yesterday that shows an aide with his hand over a photographer’s lens, an attempt to prevent our colleague from getting a picture of a protester at the event.

I have spoken to both the White House and the Trump campaign. The White House referred me to the campaign.

The Trump campaign assures me that these were the actions of an inexperienced volunteer, who understands that he acted in error. The campaign has taken him off the road, and promises that this will not happen again.

Thanks to those of you who brought this to my attention last night. Please feel free to reach out to me and your other Board members anytime you run into a problem.



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