The White House sent out its invites for the annual holiday party, but LGBTI and black reporters who were long-time attendees were not invited.
‘I assumed it was an oversight, because I’m at the White House every day and contribute to the pool reports,’ Chris Johnson, chief political and White House reporter for the LGBTI site Washington Blade, told Politico.
Johnson was consistently invited by the Obama White House. When he reached out to Trump officials asking why he was not this year, he received no answer.
April Ryan, a senior CNN contributor and the White House correspondent for American Urban Radio Networks, is another long-time attendee of White House holiday parties who was kept off the list this year.
‘I’ve given up trying to figure out why,’ Ryan told The Washington Post. ‘He has the right to invite whoever he wants. He chose not to invite me. I’m good.’
Unlike Johnson, Ryan doesn’t believe it to be an oversight.
‘I don’t think I was overlooked,’ Ryan continued. ‘I think they don’t like me. For whatever reason, they have disdain for me.’
This is the first time in 20 years that Ryan won’t be covering the annual party.
‘It is consistent with the White House press secretary not calling on me during the on-camera press briefings,’ Johnson told The Independent, mentioning he has only been called into press briefings twice in the last six months.
Johnson believes the invite issue to be ‘just kind of consistent with the policy of the administration to exclude LGBTQ people.’
According to The Independent, no one from either The Washington Blade or American Urban Radio Networks has been invited to this year’s festivities.
Who else isn’t invited?
Cable news channel CNN has decided to boycott this year’s White House party, citing Trump’s continued attacks on freedom of the press.
‘In light of the President’s continued attacks on freedom of the press and CNN, we do not feel it is appropriate to celebrate with him as his invited guests,’ the news network said in a statement.
White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders responded to this announcement on Twitter, saying ‘Christmas comes early! Finally some good news from CNN.’
— Sarah Sanders (@PressSec) November 29, 2017