Trump: Do Not Keep Press Out Of White House Meetings

Target: Donald Trump

Goal: Do not block White House press corps from your meetings with foreign leaders.

Donald Trump recently met with the Russian foreign minister Sergey Lavrov in the White House. This meeting took place not even 24 hours after Trump fired FBI Director James Comey, who was heading up an investigation on Russia’s potential influence over the election Trump won. Several U.S. intelligence agencies have publicly stated that Russia likely interfered with the election, and Comey had reportedly asked for more resources to investigate the ties between Russia and the Trump administration shortly before he was fired.

Considering these circumstances, Trump’s meeting with Lavrov was already controversial. But in a nearly unprecedented move, Trump declared that the meeting would be closed to members of the press. Reporters from the White House press corps were not given access to the meeting, but the Russian state media organization TASS was.

The Trump administration has had a consistently uneasy relationship with the press since Trump took office. Giving a foreign media outlet access to a meeting while keeping the American press sets a dangerous precedent, as the White House press corps is responsible for the flow of information from the executive branch to the public. Add your name to the petition below to demand this decision not be made again.

PETITION LETTER:

Dear Mr. Trump,

Less than a day after firing the man leading an investigation on your possible ties to Russia, you met with Russian foreign minister Sergey Lavrov in the White House. While Russian state media organization TASS had access to this meeting, you did not grant that same access to the journalists of the White House press corps.

Your administration’s relationship with the press has been problematic since Press Secretary Sean Spicer’s very first press conference, in which he lied to journalists about the attendance numbers at your inauguration ceremony. To shut American journalists out of a meeting with a foreign diplomat while allowing foreign media in serves only to worsen that relationship and lessen the limited amount of the trust the American public has left in your ability to lead.

I demand that in your future meetings with foreign leaders, you provide equal access to press from the United States and press from other countries. I also strongly urge you to take a more transparent and honest approach to providing information to the press, especially when it comes to your relationship with Russia.

Sincerely,

[Your Name Here]

Photo credit: Gage Skidmore

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2 Comments

  1. This seems very odd. Trump didn’t allow any American news agencies into the meeting but he did allow a Russian news agency in? Wtf?

  2. TRUMP START TO TELL THE TRUTH TO THE PRESS NOW! YOU REALLY DON’T HAVE A CHOICE! THEY ARE GOING TO GET YOU!

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