It begins. Trump has a new sheriff in his communications team, Fox New super producer Bill Shine.
Bill wasted no time cracking down on the hapless media.
From The Hill:
The White House on Wednesday banned a CNN reporter from a press event in the Rose Garden for asking President Trump questions, according to a CNN report.
Kaitlan Collins, a White House reporter for CNN, was acting as the “pool reporter” for all networks during President Trump’s meeting with European Union commissioner Jean-Claude Juncker on Wednesday afternoon.
Collins reportedly asked the president questions about the day’s most talked-about stories, a typical move for a pool reporter.
She asked, “Did Michael Cohen betray you, Mr. President?” and repeated the question once, according to CNN. She then asked, “Mr. President, are you worried about what Michael Cohen is about to say to the prosecutors? Are you worried about what is on the other tapes, Mr. President?”
When Trump didn’t respond, Collins asked, “Why is Vladimir Putin not accepting your invitation, Mr. President?”
Trump ignored the questions and said, “Thank you very much, everybody” to the press pool.
After the event, Bill Shine, the newly minted White House deputy chief of staff for communications, called Collins into his office. White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders was also present, according to CNN.
The former Fox News executive and the press secretary then informed Collins that she was not invited to a press availability in the Rose Garden later in the afternoon because she asked questions that were “inappropriate” for the venue and for reportedly shouting the questions, according to the CNN report.
The CNN reporter said Shine and Huckabee told her the network was still invited to the Rose Garden event, but that she was not.
Sanders confirmed the ban in a statement to the White House press pool, saying that the White House expects more “respectful” behavior.
“At the conclusion of a press event in the Oval Office, a reporter shouted questions and refused to leave despite repeatedly being asked to do so,” Sanders said.
— Brian Stelter (@brianstelter) July 25, 2018