The Trump White House will reportedly no longer send surrogates onto CNN, claiming that the network airs “fake news” and doesn’t “promote” the Trump agenda.
As Politico reports, a White House official stated,
“We’re sending surrogates to places where we think it makes sense to promote our agenda.”
CNN currently employs Trump advocates like Jeffrey Lord, Kayleigh McEnany, and Rick Santorum.
One CNN reporter was blunt in saying that the White House is making a direct effort to punish the network by way of forcing a decrease in their ratings. The reporters explained, “they’re trying to cull CNN from the herd.”
At an event at George Washington University, White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer denied allegations that CNN is being singled out by the White House, yet added,
“I’m not going to sit around and engage with people who have no desire to actually get something right.”
While administration officials are currently answering questions from CNN reporters, at the time of the statement, however, it was not clear if Spicer plans to continue take their questions during his daily briefs.
This latest stunt from the Trump White House is just the latest in a string of issues that Mr. Trump has had with the media. Most notably, at a press conference in January, President Trump refused to take a question from Senior White House Correspondent for CNN Jim Acosta, saying,
“Not you. Your organization is terrible,” Trump said. “I’m not going to give you a question, you are fake news.”