CNN, which President Trump has accused of reporting “fake news,” is getting frozen out of appearances by members of the administration.
“We’re sending surrogates to places where we think it makes sense to promote our agenda,” a White House official told Politico, adding the ban is not permanent.
But a CNN reporter had a different take on the snub.
“They’re trying to cull CNN from the herd,” the person told the website.
White House spokesman Sean Spicer denied that CNN was being ignored, saying he’s called on the news network’s reporters at press briefings.
But he said it’s at his discretion.
“I’m not going to sit around and engage with people who have no desire to actually get something right,” he said during an event at George Washington University this week.
Trump administration officials have been conspicuously absent on CNN since the middle of January while appearing on many other news shows.
The president and CNN reporter Jim Acosta squabbled during a news conference last month about an unsubstantiated report on Trump’s relationship with Russia that the network and other media outlets reported on.
Trump refused to acknowledge a question from Acosta, saying, “Not you. Your organization is terrible.”
Acosta said he should get a question since his news outlet was being attacked by Trump.