WASHINGTON – The White House on Wednesday barred four President Trump's dinner with the North Korean Leader, Kim Jong-un, in Hanoi, Vietnam. Mr. Trump at an earlier
It is highly unusual for a presidential administration to retaliate against reporters by restricting their access, in particular at a close scrutinized foreign summit meeting. Mr. Trump's predecessors, who often called for expressions of press freedom
Sarah Huckabee Sanders, the White House press secretary, informed Mr. Trump that they would be allowed to attend the event, excluding reporters for several prints and radio news outlets.
Mr. Trump and his aides frequently complain about journalists' questions on his formal appearances with world leaders, deeming the practice – traditionally a standard procedure for white house reporters – impertinent and discourteous. In one case last year, a CNN reporter was barred from a Rose Garden news conference after aides Mr. Trump; Mr. Cohen.
In Hanoi on Wednesday, several American photojournalists objected to Ms. Sanders's plan, telling her they would not be Mr. Trump's appearance. 19659002] The White House is finally agreed to be a print reporter, from The Wall Street Journal. Reporters from The AP, Bloomberg News, The Los Angeles Times and Reuters were kept out.
"Ms. Sanders said in an emailed statement. She added, "We are continuing to negotiate aspects of this historic summit and always want to make sure the U.S.
"The Associated Press decries such efforts by the White House to restrict access to the president,"
The action was quickly denounced by American news organizations and press advocates. a spokeswoman for the AP, said.
The White House Correspondents' Association issued a statement calling the administration's move "capricious."
"This summit provides an opportunity for the American presidency to display its vigilance in a media release, not telegraph due to retreating behind arbitrary last-minute restrictions on coverage, "Olivier Knox, the association's president, said.
Tussles between journalists and presidential aides are common. Asked questions at events.
Mr. In recent months, the White House has sharply reduced the number of press briefings it has and has cracked down on reporters who call out questions during the president's public appearances. Mr. Trump frequently answers).
Last fall, the White House signaled that it would issue new Mr Trump and the CNN correspondent Jim Acosta, whose security pass is temporarily closed after being refused the speech at a news conference.
"Everybody's having a good time?" He said when reporters were eventually ushered in his dinner with Mr. Kim. Mr Mills, Mr Mills, was one of the great photographers of the world.
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