Vice President Mike Pence expressed his support for the White House ban of CNN reporter Kaitlan Collins who asked President Donald Trump on July 25 about his former personal attorney, Michael Cohen, releasing an audio tape that showed Trump knew about a hush payment for former Playboy model Karen McDougal; Trump had previously lied about not knowing.
While supporting the censorship of Collins, Pence told Fox News open July 29 that the Trump administration supports “freedom of the press”:
Let me say, this administration believes in the freedom of the press. President Trump and our entire administration have provided extraordinary access to the media. The president answers so many questions. I can assure you we’ll continue to do that.
Maintaining the decorum that’s due at the White House is an issue. I’m very confidence with any network this will ensure the access of the American people to this administration. This is incredible progress.
Pence was unfazed when asked about the censorship of Collins who was acting a pool reporter for all the networks, including Fox News:
I just remain very confident.Look the relationship between any White House and press corps is always, you know, it’s always healthy and robust and occasionally represents disagreements. I’m confident they will be able to work out the relationship in a positive way. Every network and news organization will continue to have access. We stand for the freedom of the press in this White House.
(Source: Fox News)