President Donald Trumps re-election campaign removed a reporter with Bloomberg News from an event in Iowa on Monday.
Jennifer Jacobs, the reporter, was escorted out of a press conference in West Des Moines.
The campaign didnt respond to a request for comment, nor did Bloomberg News. Jacobs didnt comment on the ejection on her Twitter account.
A Trump campaign official told The Hill that the campaign was following a policy to not let Bloomberg News employees cover campaign events.
“It was cordial, but she wasnt credentialed per our policy,” the campaign official said.
The situation stemmed from a Bloomberg News announcement last year. The outlet said it would continue not investigating its owner, former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg. Because Bloomberg was running for president, the outlet also wouldnt investigate any other Democratic presidential candidates.
“We will continue our tradition of not investigating Mike (and his family and foundation) and we will extend the same policy to his rivals in the Democratic primaries. We cannot treat Mikes democratic competitors differently from him,” Bloomberg Editor-in-Chief John Micklethwait wrote in a memo.
“For the moment, our P&I team will continue to investigate the Trump administration, as the government of the day,” Micklethwait said. “If Mike is chosen as the Democratic presidential candidate (and Donald Trump emerges as the Republican one), we will reassess how we do that.”
The unusual decision prompted Trumps campaign to say it wouldnt issue press credentials to Bloomberg News until it investigated the Democratic presidential candidates.
“The decision by Bloomberg News to formalize preferential reporting policies is troubling and wrong,” Brad Parscale, Trumps reelection campaign manager, said in a statement at the time. “As President Trumps campaign, we are accustomed to unfair reporting practices, but most news organizations dont announce their biases so publicly.”
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