Fake news CNN reporter Kaitlan Collins refused to sit in the back of the room during President Trumps latest briefing. Collins admitted she was told to sit in the back and refused. President Trump wrapped up his briefing in 22 minutes and took no questions from the press Friday. Frustration of their reporting has been mounting and finally it has boiled over. They inaccurately report what President Trump has to say on a daily basis.
- The White House tried to move CNN reporter Kaitlan Collins to the back of the room before Trump started his Friday coronavirus press briefing
- When she and another reporter refused to swap seats, a White House official then suggested the Secret Service would get involved and handle the issue
- However, the Secret Service took no action
- Moments later, Trump entered the room for the briefing but cut it short after 22 minutes, failing to take any questions from the press
- Later it was announced Trump’s presence at daily briefings may be cut back
- Trump tweeted: ‘What is the purpose of having White House News Conferences when the Lamestream Media asks nothing but hostile questions’
- He added: ‘They get record ratings, & the American people get nothing but Fake News. Not worth the time & effort!’
- On Thursday, Trump cut off Collins, saying: ‘No, that’s enough. The problem is, you don’t write the truth. CNN is fake news. Don’t talk to me’
Kaitlan Collins, CNN’s White House Correspondent, said she was asked by White House officials to swap seats with another reporter several rows behind her, minutes before Trump’s briefing on Friday afternoon.
Reporters’ seats are assigned in advance through the White House Correspondents Association, and major TV networks, such as CNN, have front row seats.
Collins cited the WHCA guidelines and refused to switch seats with Washington Blade’s Chris Johnson, who was sitting in the sixth row and who also refused to move. A White House official then suggested the Secret Service would get involved if they didn’t swap seats, although no action was taken.
Moments later, Trump entered the room for the briefing but cut it short after 22 minutes, failing to take any questions from the press.
Over the weekend, Trump said he was canceling the White House press briefings because they weren’t ‘worth the time and effort’ because the ‘Lamestream Media asks nothing but hostile questions.’