NBC’s Hallie Jackson Defends CNN’s Kaitlan Collins: ‘Any Reputable Journalist’ Would’ve Asked Questions as She Did
NBC’s Hallie Jackson expressed solidarity with CNN’s Kaitlan Collins on Thursday after her fellow White House reporter was barred from President Trump‘s event in the Rose Garden.
Collins was forbidden from the press conference after she lobbed several questions at Trump earlier in the day with regards to Michael Cohen. As Jackson spoke about this with Willie Geist on Morning Joe, she said Collins did her duty by asking the necessary questions, and it would’ve been “problematic” not to do so.
“Any reputable journalist in her place would have done exactly the same thing,” Jackson said. “I certainly would have. Anybody that I know here at NBC would have asked those same questions too.”
Jackson continued to note that Collins’ questions were not unreasonable since Trump is known to take questions from the Oval Office now and then, even when his press handlers try to lead the media out of the room.
“The bottom line is this is almost unprecedented. It is inexcusable for the White House to make this move. It won’t be tolerated by members of the White House press corps I will tell you that. The White House Correspondents Association is not happy, saying this will not stand. The Chief White House correspondent for NBC, this is not a good situation to be in. It is not okay and we’ve made that clear.”
Geist agreed with Jackson, saying Collins was “well within her rights to ask those questions,” and barring her is an “outrageous display.”
Watch above, via MSNBC.
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