For days Donald Trump, Texas Gov. Greg Abbott and other Republican immigration hard-liners have been ballyhooing today’s trip by the former president to his unfinished border wall boondoggle so that they could have the perfect backdrop against which unleash furious criticism of President Joe Biden.
Correspondents from national and local Texas media outlets made the long trek to McAllen in the state’s southeast border with Mexico. But upon arrival many were met with a last-second roadblock thrown up by Abbott. As CNN’s Jim Acosta tweeted, “TX Gov. Abbott and his staff are blocking press access to his event today with Trump. They’ve decided to turn their roundtable discussion into a ‘pool’ coverage event. However, in addition, to pool, Abbott’s team is selectively allowing certain non-pool outlets into the event.”
TX Gov. Abbott and his staff are blocking press access to his event today with Trump. They’ve decided to turn their roundtable discussion into a “pool” coverage event. However, in addition to pool, Abbott’s team is selectively allowing certain non-pool outlets into the event. pic.twitter.com/9MNOvfLU1Z
— Jim Acosta (@Acosta) June 30, 2021
As is common practice for these types of events, reporters were required to register in advance to attend so that Abbott’s press office could arrange accommodations accordingly. But upon arriving at the venue this morning most were summarily turned away.
It would not be surprising if the “certain non-pool outlets” who were being allowed into the event turn out to be the tiny Trump-loving outlets One America News, Newsmax and maybe even Fox News, which has tweaked its programming in recent weeks to go all-in for the twice impeached former president.
One possible reason: it appears increasingly likely that criminal charges will be filed against the Trump Organization and/or its top executives and Abbott is seeking to shield Trump from being asked difficult questions about the matter.