"In the event I make a mistake, I tell you and correct it in a timely and appropriate manner", Smith said.
"It had nothing to do with the content of the question", Mr. Gidley told reporters aboard Air Force One as President Donald Trump headed back to Washington from Iowa and IL.
After posing questions to President Trump earlier in the day as the network pool reporter, Collins was told by White House deputy chief of staff for communications Bill Shine and press secretary Sarah Sanders that her questions were "inappropriate". She and a handful of other reporters peppered the President with questions, including many focused on his former lawyer, Michael Cohen. On the recording, which was first aired on CNN Tuesday night, Trump and Cohen appear to be discussing a hush-money payoff to former Playboy model Karen McDougal, who said she had a year-along affair with Trump more than a decade ago.
Several journalists who were present at the Oval Office event disputed Sanders' account of Collins' behavior. "And that can't happen".More news: Trump Warns Iran: ‘Never, Ever Threaten the United States Again’
Blocking a credentialed White House reporter from an event open to all members of the media is highly unusual and possibly unprecedented, and it marks another low point in the Trump White House's highly strained relationship with the news media. Sometimes Trump responds; other times he does not.
The decision was announced by the White House press shop on a day when reporters and correspondents made their way to the building in hopes of getting the president to spout off on simmering issues, from Russian Federation to his longtime lawyer Michael Cohen.
There's a lot of drama out of Washington today (and everyday, if we're honest) as the press and public alike reckon with the White House's unprecedented decision to ban a CNN reporter from covering an event open to all accredited press on Wednesday. Banning a reporter because you don't like her questions is something dictators do.
On his visit to the UK, Mr Trump attacked an article in The Sun on the same grounds, although retracted his statement after speaking to a reporter from the paper.More news: China's Xi opens BRICS summit in South Africa
And Trump counselor Kellyanne Conway said the incident showed the need broadly for more "civility" between reporters and the White House.
"They aren't really in touch with reality, I think, and the most important thing to them is that he seems to hate the people that they hate", Reagan said.
Even CNN rival Fox News condemned the move in a statement, saying, "We stand in strong solidarity with CNN for the right to full access for our journalists as part of a free and unfettered press".
The White House Correspondents' Association issued a statement condemning the White House's decision.More news: Israel shoots down Syrian fighter jet after alleged Golan Heights border breach
The White House called Collins' questions "rude".
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