Press Corps Members Back CNN Reporter Barred From White House Event

The White House barred CNN's Kaitlan Collins from going to a presidential event at the Rose Garden, even though it was open to all press.
Posted at 10:13 AM, Jul 26, 2018

Some members of the White House press corps are rallying around one reporter after she was barred from attending a presidential event in the Rose Garden. 

Here's what happened: CNN's Kaitlan Collins asked President Donald Trump questions about Russian President Vladimir Putin and Trump's former personal attorney Michael Cohen. Trump didn't respond to those questions. 

Collins was later told she couldn't go to the Rose Garden event, although it was open to all press. The White House said she was shouting questions and refused to leave after being asked to do so. 

CNN described the ban as a "retaliatory action."

The White House rarely bars a member of the press corps from going to an event that is open to all members of the media. 

Some media outlets and the White House Correspondents' Association condemned the decision and stood behind Collins and CNN. The WHCA president said: "This type of retaliation is wholly inappropriate, wrong-headed and weak. It cannot stand."

After the incident, Press Secretary Sarah Sanders said the White House supports the free press and asks everyone to be "respectful of the presidency and guests at the White House."

Additional reporting from Newsy affiliate CNN.