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Trump said much of the media was “the enemy of the American people” in his speech yesterday at the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC).
White House press secretary Sean Spicer then went on to bar journalists from the New York Times, CNN, Guardian, the BBCand the Daily Mail from attending the daily briefing.
The New York Times called the move: “a highly unusual breach of relations between the White House and its press corps”.
The executive editor of the New York Times, Dean Baquet, said:
Nothing like this has ever happened at the White House in our long history of covering multiple administrations of different parties
The press briefing was originally scheduled as an on-camera event, but later on in the day the White House announced it would take place off camera.
Conservative publications including Breitbart News were allowed access, along with TV networks including CBS, NBCand Fox News.
The Associated Press and Time boycotted the briefing in protest.
But this isn’t the first time the BBChas been banned from reporting out of another country.
The BBC has commented on the ban, saying it doesn’t quite understand:
#BBC statement on what happened @WhiteHouse today when we were barred from press briefing given by @seanspicer https://t.co/j0uVhPShz1 — Jon Sopel (@Jon Sopel)
You're not alone there, BBC.
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