Kaitlan Collins: White House tried to make me move several rows back

“Tonight the White House tried to have me, and only me, swap seats with another reporter several rows back,” CNN’s White House correspondent Kaitlan Collins wrote on Twitter. The day before, Collins tried to get information from President Trump at his daily coronavirus presser about Rick Bright, who says he was fired due to “retaliation.”

“We both refused to move from our seats that were assigned well in advance. The briefing was short, the president took no questions and it proceeded as planned.”

The reporter, Chris Johnson of the Washington Blade, said that he was instructed to swap seats with CNN in briefing room, claiming it “wasn’t an option and the Secret Service was involved,” Oliver Darcy reports.

But Jon Karl, the president of the White House Correspondents’ Association, says: “The Secret Service tells the WHCA they were not involved whatsoever in this effort…”

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