Is Trump Considering a Revocation of Media Access to the White House?

Lucy Bush
May 11, 2018

(The Hill) President Trump early Wednesday suggested taking away news networks' press credentials over "negative" coverage.

It was completely obvious that "negative" and "fake" were synonymous terms for Trump. "We are going to continue to try to work with you, as Im doing right here, right now, and as the President did just a couple of hours ago", Sanders said.

During his transition into office, Trump repeatedly ditched the pool of reporters that traditionally follows a president or president-elect nearly everywhere.

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US President, Donald Trump hinted that he was to take his battles with the news media to another level.

Sanders' move was to refer the press to outside counsel and to say that she has not been made aware of the potential consequences of these matters, about which Burnett raised an eyebrow. He has specifically mentioned The Washington Post when discussing the idea of removing press credentials in the past.

In September of 2017, in a post called the "Liberal Media's Summer of Pummeling Trump", it found again that 91 percent of Trump coverage was in a negative light.

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Trump has largely maintained access for White House reporters, frequently answering their questions during press pool events, despite only having one major press conference since becoming president. Talev went on to state that it is the responsibility of a free press to report on everything that is happening, whether good or bad, from the important to the mundane. "Presenting an honest portrait of elected leaders", read an article on Wednesday, "even - and especially - against their will is, of course, why the First Amendment to the Constitution cements the role of a free press".

White House spokeswoman Sarah Huckabee Sanders, however, insisted the administration is "very committed to a free press" and demonstrates that with near-daily briefings and access to the president.

He has heaped more scorn on some outlets than others.

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CNN, NBC and CBS - in that order - aired the least positive news about the president, each of them registering in the single-digit percentages.

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