‘There could be others’: Trump poised to ban more journalists from the White House

Eddie Scarry
3 days ago
President Trump said that more journalists could be barred from the White House following the decision to rescind the credentials of CNN reporter Jim Acosta.

Speaking to reporters on the South Lawn of the White House before leaving for Europe, Trump said that “this is a very sacred place to be” and that journalists did not have a guaranteed right to work there. “You’ve got to treat the White House and the office of the presidency with respect,” he said.

Trump singled out April Ryan of American Urban Radio Networks, saying that “she’s very nasty and she shouldn’t be.” He has often clashed with Ryan, a persistent Trump critic who last year became a CNN contributor, and was irked this week when she tried shouting out questions to him at his free-wheeling Wednesday press conference.

“Talk about somebody who’s a loser,” Trump said outside the White House on Friday. “She doesn’t know what the hell she’s doing.”

Ryan responded on CNN afterward, calling Trump’s comments about her “terrible.”

Ryan was unsuccessful in getting in a question at the conference Wednesday, which came one day after the midterm elections. Trump did not call on Ryan but she tried shouting out anyway and Trump told her she was being rude.

The press conference saw multiple clashes between Trump and reporters, Acosta in particular.

Ryan has been critical of the Trump administration and its staff, once suggesting that White House press secretary Sarah Sanders had threatened her and also that Trump harbors racist sentiments.

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Trump Visit to U.S. WWI Cemetery in France Canceled Due to Rain

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PARIS (AP) — President Donald Trump canceled a planned visit Saturday to a cemetery for Americans killed in World War I, the White House citing bad weather that grounded his helicopter.

Trump had been scheduled to lay a wreath and observe a moment of silence at the Aisne-Marne American Cemetery and Memorial, located adjacent to Belleau Wood and about 60 miles (100 kilometers) northeast of Paris.

Instead, Trump spent much of the day following a meeting and lunch with French President Emmanuel Macron at the U.S. ambassador’s residence, where he was staying during events to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the end of World War I.

Attending in Trump’s place were the White House chief of staff, retired Marine Gen. John Kelly; the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Marine Gen. Joe Dunford; and several members of the White House staff. The Battle of Belleau Wood was a critical conflict in the war and a pivotal encounter in Marine Corps history.

The Secret Service determines when it’s safe to fly Marine One, the president’s helicopter. Paris was covered in clouds with drizzling rain through most of Saturday.

Trump was scheduled to join dozens of world leaders Sunday at a ceremony in the shadow of the Arc de Triomphe marking Armistice Day. He was to deliver remarks at the Suresnes American Cemetery and Memorial, located five miles west of Paris, before returning to Washington.

The cancellation of Saturday’s visit drew criticism from those who say the president should have found a way to travel to Aisne-Marne regardless of the weather.

Ben Rhodes, who was deputy national security adviser for President Barack Obama, accused Trump of “blowing off honoring American servicemen who died for us” and said the White House should have had a fallback option.

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