Published: Mon, July 30, 2018
Global Media | By Jackie Banks

White House defends decision to bar CNN reporter from event

White House defends decision to bar CNN reporter from event

The summit in Helsinki seems to have raised the Kremlin's hopes that Trump will stand by his repeated pledges to improve relations with Moscow, despite a series of tit-for-tat expulsions of diplomats and a raft of new sanctions imposed on Russian Federation since Trump took office.

U.S. President Donald Trump arrives to deliver remarks on the South Lawn of the White House in Washington, U.S., July 27, 2018.

A CNN correspondent says she was barred from attending an open press event at the White House because of questions she asked the president earlier in the day.

"When you ask her if we ever used the word 'ban, ' then I will answer that question", Shine told reporters.

Trump was further criticized when he revealed unexpectedly that he planned to invite Putin to Washington for a follow-up meeting in the fall.

Just two days earlier, politicians from both sides unsuccessfully demanded details of the Helsinki meeting from Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, who stonewalled almost all those inquiries at a contentious hearing by maintaining that the president has a right to private conversations.

After meeting Russia President Vladimir Putin on Monday, the president spent the remainder of the week reversing or softening his comments that Russia didn't try to interfere with the US election in 2016.

Any attempts to follow up on the summit have been complicated by the harsh criticism Trump came under for his performance during a joint press conference, at which the president refused to publicly hold Russian Federation accountable for malign activities around the world, including the US election attacks in 2016.

Trump on Friday met with his national security team to discuss threats to November's midterm elections, the first such session he has convened amid warnings from intelligence officials that Russian Federation is again intent on interfering in the U.S. democratic process. Rather, she said, the president objects to "the shouting and the pouting long after the press corps has been politely asked to leave the room".

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Other members of the day's press pool reported the White House blamed fog in the area.

From reportedly raging that CNN was on the first lady's television set, to refusing to take questions from the network, to the White House barring one of its reporters from a press event: the Trump-CNN relationship is toxic.

But Wednesday, U.S. officials said the plan had been postponed until after the investigation of the special counsel, Robert Mueller, had concluded.

That docile performance in Helsinki required Trump to turn his back on American intelligence officials who have briefed him on the overwhelming evidence of Russian interference in the 2016 election.

"They said that the questions I asked were inappropriate for that venue".

"In Washington, Trump would be surrounded by more aides, media, and the entire policy audience".

By saying that he's willing to go to Washington if conditions are "appropriate", Putin underlines that stance and effectively puts pressure on Trump to try to stamp out opposition.

Former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani, who in recent months has become the public face of Trump's legal team, said Sunday on CBS News' "Face the Nation" that the president still could sit down for an interview with Mueller as part of the probe if the questions were strictly limited to collusion topics.

He did not clarify if that was a face-to-face invitation to be followed by a formal one.

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