CNN on Monday refused to show images of President Donald Trump signing his latest executive order that targets Muslim travelers.
Weeks after a federal judge blocked Trump’s executive order banning travel from seven majority-Muslim countries, Trump on Monday issued a scaled down order that exempts green card holders, people with existing visas and travelers from Iraq.
But CNN refused to broadcast images of the president signing the order because he banned the media from the event amid ongoing questions about Russian involvement in the U.S. election and a controversy over whether Trump lied when he recently claimed that former President Barack Obama was monitoring his phone calls in Trump Tower.
“This is a president who loves to sign executive orders,” CNN White House Correspondent Jeff Zeleny explained on Monday. “He holds them up, he has news conferences around them [but this executive order] was signed in secret this morning.”
“No questions [from the media],” CNN host John King pointed out. “We won’t show you the picture of the president signing the executive order that’s incredibly important to his administration, it’s a very important policy debate in our country — we will not show you the picture because we have a policy that you cannot have canned press release pictures from a White House.”
“You have to let the reporters in,” he added. “The president is a big boy. He doesn’t have to answer questions if they’re shouted at him, but they wouldn’t let anyone in because of the other issue… that is the president saying he believes his predecessor someone wire tapped him during last year’s campaign.”
Watch the video below from CNN, broadcast March 6, 2017.
CNN’s Sanjay Gupta thrashes Trump for ‘insulting’ conspiracy theory about doctors hoarding masks
Two medical experts on Monday called President Donald Trump's insinuation that doctors are intentionally hoarding masks to be an "insulting" conspiracy theory.
Appearing on CNN, emergency room physician Dr. Leana Wen was asked by host Alisyn Camerota about the president's statements about hospitals lying about the amount of equipment they need -- and she replied that it bore no relationship to reality.
"We need to be preparing for months or years, and frankly, it's insulting to suggest that hospitals are somehow keeping equipment away from health care workers, and jeopardizing their lives," Wen said. "Actually, all of us should be doing everything we can to supply the basic equipment that front line health care workers need to protect themselves and protect all of us."
Postponed Tokyo Olympics to open July 23 next year
The Tokyo Olympics will begin on July 23 next year, organisers said on Monday, after the coronavirus forced the historic decision to postpone the Games until 2021.
"The Olympics will be held from July 23 to August 8, 2021. The Paralympics will be held from August 24 to September 5," Tokyo 2020 chief Yoshiro Mori told reporters at a hastily arranged news conference.
Only hours earlier, Mori had said he expected a decision from the International Olympic Committee (IOC) during the course of the week.
The Tokyo 2020 Olympics were due to open on July 24 this year and run for 16 days, but the coronavirus pandemic forced the first peace-time postponement of the Games.
‘She’s a sick puppy’: Trump goes off the rails attacking Pelosi in Fox News coronavirus update
President Donald Trump railed at House Speaker Nancy Pelosi during a phone interview with Fox News.
The president called in to "Fox & Friends," which he regularly watches and promotes on his Twitter feed, and complained that Pelosi had criticized his response to the coronavirus crisis.
"She’s a sick puppy, in my opinion," Trump told the hosts. "She has a lot of problems."
Trump pushed the emerging Republican attack that claims Democrats were too distracted by impeachment to respond to the COVID-19 threat in its early stages.