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White House blocks CNN, NYT, LA Times, others from media briefing

Development came hours after Trump mocked the news media and called it 'enemy of the people'

ANI  |  Washington DC 

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The on Friday blocked several news organisations from an off-camera press briefing, raising alarm among the First Amendment watchdogs. CNN, the New York Times, the Los Angeles Times, Politico and BuzzFeed were barred from attending the meeting, held by press secretary Sean Spicer. The administration, however, defended its move, citing they had 'the pool there, so, everyone would be respresented and get an update'. Both and the Times protested the decision. "This is an unacceptable development by the Trump Apparently, this is how they retaliate when you report facts they don't like. We'll keep reporting regardless," said in a statement. The Correspondents Association, the Associated Press and Time magazine have protested the move. This development came hours after US President Trump mocked the news media at the Conservative Political Action Conference.

He said that much of the press represents "the enemy of the people." "They are the enemy of the people because they have no sources. They just make them up when there are none," he said.

First Published: Sat, February 25 2017. 11:10 IST
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