The Trump administration’s open hostility to the media and their pesky questions is infamous at this point, but it still is astonishing to see the way that the free press is treated in this White House.
Eyebrows were raised around the country as White House Press Secretary Stephanie Grisham was recorded angrily yelling at reporters to leave the room following a meeting between President Trump and health care industry executives as the president sat there looking uncomfortable.
Get a load of this White House staffer *screaming* at reporters to leave the room at the end of Trump’s meeting with health care industry executives pic.twitter.com/UZy7KHQZjn
— Aaron Rupar (@atrupar) March 10, 2020
The open press portion of the meeting was concluded without the reporters getting a chance to ask the President any questions about the spread of coronavirus or the government’s response to the crisis.
This is not the first time that a White House staffer has angrily ordered reporters out of the room; the same thing happened a few months ago, just minutes after the President disparaged the media for being “dangerous” and “corrupt.”
A White House official *SCREAMS* at reporters to get out of the Oval Office as Trump makes bizarre facial expressions pic.twitter.com/Q8fJZQpuug
— Aaron Rupar (@atrupar) November 19, 2019