War on the Media: Trump Ignores Critical Questions at Staged Press Conf
February 16, 2017 Igor Bobic / The Huffington Post
On February 15, Donald Trump ignored shouted questions about his administration's reported ties to Russia. The president walked away in response to a question from CNN's Jim Acosta. Trump has maintained his practice of only answering questions from friendly reporters from the conservative press: The New York Post, Fox News, Christian Broadcasting Network and Townhall.com.
Donald Trump Ducks Questions About
Administration's Ties To Russia Igor Bobic / The Huffington Post
(February 15, 2017) – President Donald Trump on Wednesday ignored shouted questions about his administration's reported ties to Russia.
During a joint press conference with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu at the White House, Trump took two questions from US media outlets about the Israeli-Palestinian peace process and the Iran nuclear deal.
Neither of those questions centered on Russia -- the biggest issue this week that ultimately led to the resignation of Trump's National Security Adviser Michael Flynn, who served less than 30 days at the post.
When CNN's Jim Acosta tried to ask Trump about Flynn, the president smiled, thanked the audience and walked away.
Wednesday's event marked the third straight press conference where reporters were not able to ask the president about the biggest issue of the day. Trump has mostly called on friendlier outlets in the conservative space: The New York Post, Fox News, Sinclair's ABC7, The Daily Caller, Christian Broadcasting Network and Townhall.com.
Appearing on MSNBC after the press conference, Senate Intelligence Committee Vice Chair Mark Warner (D-Va.) said the public remained in the dark about Trump's administration and Russia.
"We don't know what the president knew and when he knew it," he said.
Igor Bobic is Associate Politics Editor at The Huffington Post
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