The White House will have access to a CNN reporter on Wednesday for a press conference Denied with President Donald Trump, who was open to other journalists.
CNN White House correspondent Kaitlan Collins said access to the event was with Trump and Jean-Claude Juncker, the president in the Rose Garden
After questioning Trump the previous day as a network pool reporter, Collins was replaced by White House Deputy Chief of Staff for Communications, Bill Shine, and de Press Secretary Sarah informs Sanders that her questions are "inappropriate" according to CNN
Collins had asked the president about his former lawyer Michael Cohen and reports that Russian President Vladimir Putin was inviting the White House to another summit between the did not accept both leaders.
CNN aired a recording of Cohen on Tuesday night and Trump discusses a payment allegedly silenced former playboy model Karen McDougal. McDougal says she had an affair with Trump in 2006, but the president denied the affair and learned of payments to her.
National security adviser John Bolton said Wednesday that a second meeting with Putin should wait until after Robert Mueller's investigations were over, one day after a Kremlin adviser said that Putin was reluctant to accept the invitation because of the aftermath of the summit to accept last week.
On Wednesday evening, Sanders said, "At the end of a press event at the Oval Office, a reporter called questions and refused to leave even though he was repeatedly asked to do so, after which our staff informed them that they were not invited to attend the next event But she made it clear that any other journalist in her network could attend, she said she did not care, because she did not plan on being there anyway, to put it bluntly, we support a free press and ask all who Respecting the Presidency and guests in the White House. "
CNN said the questions asked by Collins were not inappropriate.
"Just because the White House is uneasy with a question regarding the news of the day does not mean that the question is not relevant and should not be asked," the network statement said. "This decision to block a member of the press is retaliation and not an indication of an open and free press." "We're calling for better."
Trump and his government had a rocky relationship with the media and often called outlets "Fake News "when there are stories about the White House they disagree with.
That's not the first time that the administration has been in conflict with a CNN reporter. During a press conference earlier this month with Prime Minister Theresa May of the UK, Trump skipped CNN correspondent Jim Acosta.
The White House Correspondents' Association sharply condemned Wednesday's "false White House decision to prevent one of our members from attending a press event today after asking questions they did not like."
"This type of retaliation is totally inappropriate, wrong and weak," said Olivier Knox, president of the WHCA, in a statement. "It can not stand, reporters asking questions from powerful government officials to presidents help hold these people accountable."
Fox News, the president's preferred channel, also criticized the White House's decision.
"We stand in strong solidarity with CNN for the right of full access for our journalists as part of a free and unrestricted press," said Jay Wallace, president of Fox News.
Collins said during an interview on CNN that the network heard nothing of the White House, but still sent CNN photographers and other reporters to the open event.
"You said I could not attend this press conference," she said. "I just did my job and asked the president questions about the news of the day."
"But clearly," she said, "the White House was not pleased with the questions we had for the President today."