The First Amendment to the Constitution of the United States of America states:
Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the government for a redress of grievances.
Over the years, U.S. Presidents have shown tremendous respect for the First Amendment and the freedoms that it affords all Americans. This Amendment to the U.S. Constitution is a large part of what makes America “America”.
Our forefathers realized that, in general, people should have the right to say what they want, as long as it’s not threatening or it isn’t classified as actual-malice defamation — meaning defamation with the intent to cause harm.
That’s why many within the media have been criticizing President Donald Trump. He has called the free press “the enemy” on several occasions. Now, a report from the Washington Post claims that the U.S. President has repeatedly been asking his aides to ban reporters. These allegations precede an incident that occurred just Wednesday when Trump actually did ban CNN reporter Kaitlan Collins from a press event.
Trump, according to sources who spoke to the Washington Post, has reportedly talked to his aides about barring CNN’s Jim Acosta and April Ryan from the White House press briefings.
“Is there nothing that we could do?” Trump has reportedly asked aides, according to an unnamed former White House official, speaking on the condition of anonymity to the Post.
Since the hiring of Deputy Chief Of Staff Bill Shine, Trump has gotten more gutsy in his attempt to stand up to certain members of the media. Whether or not the banning of Collins, earlier this week, is a sign of things to come, is yet to be determined.
One thing is for sure though, this certainly won’t help create a friendlier atmosphere within the White House press room.