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White House bans CNN's Kaitlan Collins over 'wrong questions'

White House bans CNN's Kaitlan Collins over 'wrong questions'

President Donald Trump had to travel by motorcade to Joint Base Andrews Thursday after the White House announced a "bad weather call" on a attractive sunny day in Washington, D.C.

Ms Sanders said a reporter, whom she does not name, has refused to leave after shouting questions, and "was not welcome to participate in the next event" - although colleagues from her network could do so.

"Did Michael Cohen betray you, Mr. President?"

"For those of you at home, if I may, journalists are not the enemies of the people", Smith said.

Donald Trump has been at frequent loggerheads with CNN since taking office, but their feud has become increasingly bitter as the channel's acerbic White House coverage fuels a boom in viewers. Later in the afternoon, the White House surprised the press corps by announcing a press availability with Trump and Juncker in the Rose Garden.

"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", the Washington Post's Paul Farhi and Felicia Sonmez said Wednesday evening. A day earlier, CNN had obtained and aired a secret audio recording that captured Trump and Cohen discussing a potential payment to a former Playboy model who claims she had an affair with Trump. After receiving no answer, she asked, "Are you anxious about what Michael Cohen is going to say to prosecutors?"

"I think it should start here at the White House and just show a little bit more respect", she said.

"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", the network said.

According to Collins, shortly before the Rose Garden event she was summoned to former Fox News executive Bill Shine's office where he and Sarah Sanders told her she was disinvited for asking "inappropriate questions". Even Fox News weighed in, with network President Jay Wallace saying, "We stand in strong solidarity with CNN for the right to full access for our journalists as part of a free and unfettered press". "This type of retaliation is wholly inappropriate, wrong-headed, and weak". There have been cheers for the correspondents, including Collins, who deferred to their counterparts who were trying to ask follow-up questions during contentious White House briefings. "It can not stand", said the group's president, Olivier Knox. And while he didn't go after Dobbs on Twitter like Colbert hoped he would, Tapper did call out Dobbs' hypocrisy over his reaction to President Barack Obama's treatment of conservative reporters.