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Mike Pence defends White House banning CNN reporter from event

 President Trump and Vice President Mike Pence. Photo:  Win McNamee/Getty Images
Photo: Win McNamee/Getty Images

Vice President Mike Pence defended on Sunday the White House’s decision last week to ban CNN reporter Kaitlan Collins from attending an event in the Rose Garden with President Trump during an interview with Fox News' Maria Bartiromo.

"This administration believes in the freedom of the press, and President Trump and I and our entire administration have provided extraordinary access to the media. The president answers to many questions in so many different settings, and I can assure you that we’ll continue to do that. But maintaining the decorum that is due at the White House I think is an issue that we’re continuing to work for."

Our thought bubble: Collins said she was chastised by administration officials who objected to her questioning of the president when she was the TV pool reporter, but Axios' Jonathan Swan tweets: "I watched the video of Kaitlan asking questions. There was zero wrong with her decorum and in fact we rely on pool reporters to do exactly what she did every day."

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