President Donald Trump will not allow his officials or surrogates to appear on CNN.
The White House and the administration refused to send its spokespeople onto CNN shows.
“We’re sending surrogates to places where we think it makes sense to promote our agenda,” said a White House official, and CNN is not such a place.
A CNN reporter, accussed The White House of trying to punish the network and force down its ratings.
Administration officials are still answering questions from CNN reporters. But administration officials including White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer and senior counselor Kellyanne Conway haven’t appeared on the network’s programming in these last couple of weeks.
Spicer denied that CNN was being frozen out, pointing out that he’s answered CNN’s questions in the regular basis.
The last time an administration official was on CNN’s Sunday public affairs show “State of the Union” was Conway on January 8. She also appeared on CNN the following Wednesday with Anderson Cooper, the same day as then President-elect Trump’s press conference where he derided CNN for publicizing an unsubstantiated dossier claiming the Russians had compromising information about him. At the press conference, the president-elect refused to take a question from CNN correspondent Jim Acosta.
Trump has several times called out CNN for spreading “fake news.”
Since then, Conway, Spicer, Chief of Staff Reince Priebus and even Vice President Mike Pence have made the rounds on the major Sunday shows but CNN’s “State of the Union” has been frozen out.