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The reporter asked Donald Trump about a tape in which he talked of paying for a model’s story

The reporter asked Donald Trump about a tape in which he talked of paying for a model’s storyALEX BRANDON AP

Kaitlan Collins and her employer, CNN, say the White House denied Collins access to Trump's Rose Garden event with the European Commission president because officials found her earlier questions "inappropriate".

She had joined other reporters asking the president about a pre-election recording between him and his lawyer, Michael Cohen, where they discussed buying the rights to the Playboy model Karen McDougal's story of an alleged affair with Mr Trump.

White House Dep. Chief of Staff for Communications Bill Shine responds to questions about the White House banning CNN reporter Kaitlan Collins from an event outside the West Wing of the White House in Washington, July 26. Later in the afternoon, the White House surprised the press corps by announcing a press availability with Trump and Juncker in the Rose Garden.

Smith used a segment of his show Thursday to denounce not only that retaliation against Collins but the broader assault from the White House against a critical press.

What's new is Trump's engagement - he's answered questions on everything from his alleged former mistress Stormy Daniels to Russia's meddling in the 2016 presidential election during these brief media hits.

Journalists sometimes ignore the shouts of White House aides in such settings if it seems like the president might answer a question.

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CNN said in a statement that Collins was told by Sanders and Shine that her questions were "inappropriate". "This decision to bar a member of the press is retaliatory in nature and not indicative of a free and open press. It can not stand", WHCA President Olivier Knox said.

"Just because the White House is uncomfortable with a question regarding the news of the day doesn't mean the question isn't relevant and shouldn't be asked", according to the statement. "This is outrageous", said Blitzer, a former White House correspondent.

President Trump has repeatedly attacked CNN as "fake news" and has refused to take questions from CNN reporters.

But when the logistical decision was made to have Trump travel by motorcade in 'The Beast, ' there was no longer an opportunity for the president to take questions.

At an Oval Office pool spray early in the day, Collins - representing television networks - was one of the reporters peppering the president with questions.

Shine, who was ousted as co-president of Fox News previous year over his handling of sexual harassment allegations, joined the White House as deputy chief of staff for communications earlier this month.

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