The White House has banned CNN correspondent Kaitlan Collins from attending open press sessions.
According to CNN, Collins posed questions to U.S. President Donald Trump the White House deemed “inappropriate.” Subsequently, CNN listed the questions asked during the Oval Office session held before Trump’s trade meeting with European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker.
“Did Michael Cohen betray you?” Collins asked multiple times. “Why is Vladimir Putin not accepting your invitation?”
CNN argued the questions “were not” inappropriate and “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.
“This decision to bar a member of the press is retaliatory in nature and not indicative of an open and free press,” CNN Communications tweeted. “We demand better.”
Collins addressed the incident on Wednesday. “I told them that is often our only chance to ask the president questions. Those questions are questions any reporter would have asked, and I was there to represent all the networks, and therefore ask about the questions of the day.”
The White House addressed the situation in a statement, confirming they had uninvited Collins from future events, though she “refused to leave despite repeatedly being asked to do so.”
“To be clear, we support a free press and ask that everyone be respectful of the presidency and guests at the White House,” White House press secretary Sarah Sanders said in a statement.