Published: Fri, July 27, 2018
Entertaiment | By Minnie Bishop

Shep Smith calls out ‘personal friend’ Bill Shine for banning CNN reporter

Shep Smith calls out ‘personal friend’ Bill Shine for banning CNN reporter

On Wednesday, the White House barred a CNN reporter from attending an event with the president, allegedly for asking "inappropriate" questions that officials objected to earlier in the day.

It is standard protocol for reporters to ask the president questions at such events, and Trump, unlike some of his predecessors, often engages. Instead, Conway was asked softball questions about tariffs and immigration.

When Trump flies aboard Marine One from the South Lawn of the White House, reporters get the chance to shout questions at him, and he frequently approaches them to take their questions. Mr. Trump frequently answers reporters' questions even as staffers try to usher them out of the room, creating sometimes-chaotic scenes where low-level press officers shout at reporters as the President tries to speak. "I've seen it on lower thirds", Shine said to a group of reporters assembled outside the White House Thursday. Add Donald Trump as an interest to stay up to date on the latest Donald Trump news, video, and analysis from ABC News.

"Just because the White House is uncomfortable with a question regarding the news of the day doesn't mean the question isn't relevant and shouldn't be asked", according to the statement.

Press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders on Wednesday said the White House had made clear that other CNN journalists were welcome at the Rose Garden event, just not Ms. Collins.

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The decision was announced by the White House press shop on a day when reporters and correspondents made their way to the building in hopes of getting the president to spout off on simmering issues, from Russian Federation to his longtime lawyer Michael Cohen.

Blocking a credentialed White House reporter from an event open to all members of the media is highly unusual and possibly unprecedented, and it marks another low point in the Trump White House's highly strained relationship with the news media. Shine said to reporters on Thursday, referring to Collins, standing outside the West Wing and addressing reporters standing several feet away.

Collins, who referred questions to CNN representatives, detailed the episode on CNN, prompting anchor Wolf Blitzer to say the White House should issue a formal apology. This decision to bar a member of the press is retaliatory in nature and not indicative of an open and free press. On Wednesday, Trump did not answer Collins' questions about Vladimir Putin and Michael Cohen. "This type of retaliation is wholly inappropriate, wrong-headed, and weak".

White House Dep. Chief of Staff for Communications Bill Shine responds to questions about the White House banning CNN reporter Kaitlan Collins from an event outside the West Wing of the White House in Washington, July 26.

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