KER Politics – Mon 13 Feb, 2017
Was this an appropriate question, given the nature of Monday’s Press Conference?
Trump’s big press conference with Justin Trudeau was missing a question about the elephant in the room
President Donald Trump during a joint press conference on Monday managed to avoid questions about concerns that embattled National Security Adviser Michael Flynn misled Trump officials about his communications with Russia’s ambassador.
A Washington Post story published last week said Flynn may have lied to Mike Pence, then the vice president-elect, about whether the adviser discussed US-Russia sanctions with Russian Ambassador Sergey Kislyak before Trump took office, raising concerns about Flynn’s future in the White House.
But despite the story’s front-page treatment in newspapers like The Post, The New York Times, and The Wall Street Journal, the American journalists Trump called on during his joint press conference with Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau did not confront Trump about the national security adviser.
Scott Thurman from ABC7 Sinclair asked a broad question about the “philosophical differences” between Trump and Trudeau, while Kaitlan Collins, The Daily Caller’s White House reporter, asked Trump what he saw as the largest national-security threat facing the US.
Several reporters noted the absence of a question about Flynn, which some journalists such as ABC’s Jon Karl attempted to ask Trump as he left the press conference.