White House Puts Out Statement on Kaitlan Collins: We Want Everyone to ‘Be Respectful’
The White House has responded to the uproar surrounding the decision to bar CNN pool reporter Kaitlan Collins from a Rose Garden event after she asked a question that Trump appeared not to like.
According to White House press secretary Sarah Sanders, it was not Collins’ question that caused the problem, but her refusal to leave.
“At the conclusion of the press event in the Oval Office, a reporter shouted questions and refused to leave despite repeatedly being asked to do so,” her statement read. “Subsequently, our staff informed her she was not welcome to participate in the next event but made it clear that any other journalist from her network could attend.”
The statement continued on: “She said it didn’t matter to her because she hadn’t planned to be there anyway. To be clear, we support a free press and ask that everyone be respectful of the presidency and guests at the White House.
Responding to the statement on CNN, Collins agreed that White House reporters should be respectful, but insisted that she was.
“I certainly agree that everybody should be respectful of the White House, the people here, and the president himself, as I was in my questions, quite respectful, asking the president…That is just simply how we do it here.”
She continued on that once she and other reporters were asked to leave the room, as seen in the video, “all the reporters do that and leave.”
Other members of the White House pool agreed it was the White House, not Collins, who took it a step too far.
Fox News’ Bret Baier, in a rare show of solidarity with CNN, has come out in support of Collins and access to White House events.
The White House Correspondents’ Association has also called the White House’ actions “misguided and inappropriate.”
Statement from WHCA President Olivier Knox
We strongly condemn the White House's misguided and inappropriate decision today to bar one of our members from an open press event after she asked questions they did not like.
— AprilDRyan (@AprilDRyan) July 25, 2018
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