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PoliticsWhite House reporters condemn attack on BBC cameraman at Trump rally

22:30  12 february  2019
22:30  12 february  2019 Source:   washingtonexaminer.com

WH press group condemns attack on cameraman at Trump rally

WH press group condemns attack on cameraman at Trump rally The White House Correspondents' Association has condemned an attack on a television cameraman working at President Donald Trump's rally in El Paso, Texas. The association's president, Olivier Knox, said Tuesday the group is relieved that "this time, no one was seriously hurt." There was a brief scuffle on a press platform away from the stage on Monday night, when a man began shoving members of the news media and was restrained. White House press secretary Sarah Sanders said the president "condemns all acts of violence against any individual or group of people — including members of the press.

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The White House Correspondents’ Association is calling on President Trump to “make absolutely clear to his supporters” that violence against members of the media is “unacceptable” after a BBC cameraman was attacked during the president’s rally Monday night.

“The White House Correspondents’ Association condemns the physical attack on our colleague at the president’s rally in El Paso, Texas,” White House Correspondents’ Association President Olivier Knox said in a statement. “We are relieved that, this time, no one was seriously hurt. The president of the United States should make absolutely clear to his supporters that violence against reporters is unacceptable.”

BBC says its cameraman was attacked at Trump rally

BBC says its cameraman was attacked at Trump rally The BBC says that one of its photojournalists was attacked Monday while covering President Donald Trump's rally in El Paso, Texas. require(["medianetNativeAdOnArticle"], function (medianetNativeAdOnArticle) { medianetNativeAdOnArticle.getMedianetNativeAds(true); }); "BBC cameraman Ron Skeans was violently pushed and shoved by a member of the crowd," the broadcaster said in a statement. "The man was removed by security and Ron is fine.

The BBC said Tuesday that the cameraman, Ron Skeans, was “violently pushed and shoved” by a man wearing a red “Make America Great Again” hat during the president’s rally.

Video circulated on social media shows the man yelling and cursing at reporters as he was restrained and escorted out of the event.

Skeans described the interaction with the Trump supporter as a “very hard shove.”

In its statement, the BBC said it “is clearly unacceptable for any of our staff to be attacked for doing their job.” Trump checked “that all was OK,” the broadcaster said.

The president frequently rails against the press, referring to reporters as “the enemy of the people” and the media in general as “fake news.”

Trump has been criticized for his rhetoric about the press, including by press freedom groups that warn the president’s comments have increased the risk for journalists to be targeted.

[Also read:2020 Democrat blames Trump for ‘encouraging violence’ against reporters at rallies]

White House spokeswoman Sanders says she was interviewed in Russia probe.
White House press secretary Sarah Sanders said on Friday she had been interviewed by the special counsel investigating Russia's alleged interference in the 2016 U.S. presidential election. "The president urged me, like he has everyone in the administration, to fully cooperate with the special counsel. I was happy to voluntarily sit down with him," Sanders said in a statement provided to Reuters. The statement was first reported by CNN. U.S. intelligence agencies have said Moscow interfered in the election in an effort to tip it to Republican Donald Trump and away from his Democratic challenger, Hillary Clinton.

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