President Donald Trump speaks to reporters aboard Air Force One, Saturday, Nov. 11, 2017, whereas touring to Hanoi, Vietnam. Trump is on a 5 nation journey by Asia touring to Japan, South Korea, China, Vietnam and the Philippines. (Andrew Harnik/Associated Press)
By Associated Press By Associated Press November 11 at 2:21 PM
HANOI, Vietnam — The White House Correspondents’ Association is voicing issues about press entry throughout President Donald Trump’s journey to Asia.
Reporters and photographers touring with the president had been barred from overlaying any of the occasions on the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation summit within the coastal metropolis of Danang, Vietnam, on Saturday.
And just one member of the touring press corps — a video journalist — was allowed right into a dinner the night time earlier than.
Doug Mills, a White House photographer for The New York Times, tweeted an image of a black field in protest that learn: “This what our APEC Summit photo coverage looks today in Da Nang Vietnam. Blank. No coverage by the White House Travel Pool photographers traveling with @realDonaldTrump.”
Reporters have additionally expressed frustrations that Trump declined to take questions in China, the place press freedoms are restricted — although he did maintain press conferences in Japan and South Korea and spoke to reporters at size aboard Air Force One on Saturday. He’ll even be taking questions Sunday in Hanoi.
WHCA President Margaret Talev mentioned in a press release that the group had been in dialogue with the White House for months about maximizing press protection throughout the journey, which is Trump’s first to Asia as president.
“While there has been a history of some host countries pushing back against the size of the US footprint and while APEC historically has limited some pool sizes,” she mentioned, “we are concerned that access on this trip has eroded more significantly and that notice about changes or new coverage restrictions has often come with too short of notice to be able to react effectively.”
The group additionally mentioned it was “disappointed in the decision not to hold a joint news conference in China” and inspired the White House to schedule a solo information convention with Trump.
White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders advised reporters aboard Air Force One on the way in which to Hanoi that she hadn’t been conscious of the problems on the dinner and mentioned that she had alerted the advance group on the bottom in Trump’s subsequent and remaining cease — Manila — to push for extra entry.
The president is at all times adopted by a pool of 13 journalists, composed of writers, photographers and a video crew, who distribute reviews to information shops and function the general public’s eyes and ears.
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