Embattled EPA boss Scott Pruitt gave a speech about water pollution today, and several journalists who were supposed to report on it were unable to watch.
Pruitt’s security removed reporters from CNN and the Associated Press, saying that there was not room for them. However, photos inside the room from political news outlet The Hill showed plenty of empty seats.
The Associated Press reported that security guards “grabbed the reporter by the shoulders and shoved her forcibly out of the EPA building.”
White House spokesperson Sarah Huckabee Sanders was asked about the incident in her daily press briefing and refused to answer.
NBC’s Hallie Jackson asked about the reported incident whether Trump feels it’s appropriate to rough-up reporters.
“I’m not going to weigh in to random hypotheticals incident that may or may not exist,” Sanders said. “You’re asking me to speak to blanket possibilities which I’m not going to do.”
Jackson then tried to refine the question to get an answer on whether the White House supported Pruitt.
Sanders ignored her and called on conservative NewsMax reporter John Gizzi who was all too happy to interrupt.
“I’m going to do one question at a time today,” Sanders said as she ignored Jackson.