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Shep Smith responds to White House version of ‘disinvite’ of CNN reporter

Shep Smith responds to White House version of ‘disinvite’ of CNN reporter

On Tuesday afternoon, CNN White House reporter Kaitlan Collins was banned from covering a press event in the Rose Garden with Donald Trump and president of the European Commission Jean-Claude Juncker after she was told that her questions at a meeting between the two earlier that day (where she was representing all television networks as the pool reporter), were "inappropriate".

During the morning press pool, Collins asked Trump if he felt "betrayed" by his former attorney, Michael Cohen, after it was revealed that Cohen recorded several meetings with the president, including one meeting in which he discussed a possible payment to a former Playboy model. "She also asked Trump if he is anxious about what might be on any other tapes recorded by Cohen, and why Russian President Vladimir Putin had not yet accepted Trump's invitation to come to Washington". "The Secret Service does not comment specifically nor in general about the means and methods of our protective responsibilities", a spokeswoman said, pointing CBS to the White House for further comment. Collins asked Trump as reporters shouted questions and White House press aides tried to usher them out of the room.

Asked what word he used, he didn't answer directly, saying: "When you ask her if we ever use the word 'ban, ' then I will answer that".

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The White House press corps rallied around her, expressing their solidarity on Twitter, in statements and in interviews with other media outlets.

It is standard protocol for reporters to ask the president questions at sprays, and Trump, unlike some of his predecessors, often engages.

On the heels of President Donald Trump's Orwellian remark advising supporters that what they read in the news "is not what's happening", the White House released its own statement claiming that it supports a free press-directly after banning a reporter from a news conference.

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He said the transcript was apparently based on what ran on only one channel of the audio feed. But Putin had already sent signals that the White House meeting wasn't going to happen.

CNN condemned the ban as "retaliatory" and "not indicative of an open and free press". The White House Correspondents Association often fought with his administration over the matter. "It can not stand. Reporters asking questions of powerful government officials, up to and including the President, helps hold those people accountable". Journalists sometimes ignore the shouts of White House aides in such settings if it seems like the president might answer a question.

In response to the incident, Fox News anchor Bret Baier tweeted his support: "As a member of the White House Press pool- @FoxNews stands firmly with @CNN on this issue and the issue of access".

"In the event I make a mistake, I tell you and correct it in a timely and appropriate manner", Smith said.

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Last night Rachel Maddow questioned the White House omitting a key exchange from the Trump-Putin press conference. In this July 16, 2018, file photo, U.S.


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