Opinion: White House and press corps relationship in dire need of reset
The White House and the press corps continue to engage in a tug of war.
Recently the administration disinvited CNN’s Kaitlin Collins who was the pool reporter that day, from an event in the Rose Garden. Ms. Collins had yelled questions at the president during a previous media availability and, according to the White House, refused to leave the Oval Office.
This incident, as well as the recent back and forth between the president and New York Times publisher A.G. Sulzberger, have once again, increased tensions between the press and the Trump White House.
On one end, you have the press corps who feel like they’ve been disrespected by the Trump administration.
The president has pulled zero punches when it comes to the press calling them “Fake News,” which of course has rubbed many in the press corps the wrong way.
On the flip side, the media pays very little attention to the actual accomplishments of the Trump administration.
They instead choose to often focus on palace intrigue and wild speculation in order to garner clicks and views.
I have been very clear as to where is stand on many in the media treating the administration completely unfairly.
But this current environment is corrosive, unsustainable, and does a disservice to the American public.
Here’s the Bottom Line: What’s often lost in this discussion about how the press treats the administration and vice versa is the only thing that matters: serving the American people.
In order for the political discourse in our country to become productive again both sides of this argument need to bury the hatchet and find mutual respect for one another.
This relationship is in dire need of a reset.
EDITOR'S NOTE: Boris Epshteyn formerly served as a Senior Advisor to the Trump Campaign and served in the White House as Special Assistant to The President and Assistant Communications Director for Surrogate Operations.