Donald Trump’s White House has cut ties with CNN as it refuses to send its spokespeople or surrogates on the network’s shows. This has effectively iced the network out from having any voices from the administration on-air.
“We’re sending surrogates to places where we think it makes sense to promote our agenda,” said a White House official, who added that CNN is not such a place. Politico reported that the official went on to say that the ban is not permanent.
A CNN reporter claimed that this is the White House’s attempt to lower the network’s ratings as a means of punishing them.
“They’re trying to cull CNN from the herd,” the reporter said.
The last time an official from the Trump administration appeared on CNN was January 8, when Kellyanne Conway made her last appearance there. However, officials with the Trump White House are still answering questions from CNN reporters.
While liberals are up in arms about this, Barack Obama had similar tiffs with Fox News during his presidency. A former official in his administration admitted that they had their “battles with Fox,” and that there were times where “we sent people on other networks and not on Fox.”
Given the way CNN has treated Trump ever since he first entered the presidential race, when they repeatedly mocked that he thought had a chance of winning, it’s understandable that he would not want to appear there.
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