Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump tells supporters in North Carolina that his greatest asset is his temperament because he knows how to win. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).
DONALD Trump has officially ended his media blacklist, which has been in place for more than a year and has grown to include many of America’s biggest news organisations.
The Republican presidential candidate’s campaign finally scrapped the blacklist on Wednesday, CNN first reported. The expanding list of barred press started in July 2015, one month after the billionaire businessman announced he would be running.
“I figure they can’t treat me any worse!” Trump said in a statement forwarded from the campaign explaining the change in policy.
It had prevented major US news organisations such as The Washington Post, Politico, the Huffington Post and BuzzFeed from receiving press credentials to his events and gaining access to his press conferences.
Trump’s official reason why he’s lifting his media “blacklist:”
“I figure they can’t treat me any worse!” https://t.co/ojBMkRlaGm
— Brian Stelter (@brianstelter) September 7, 2016
Trump’s contentious relationship with the media originally led him to create the informal list, although he still routinely accepted interviews with reporters from some of the “banned” outlets.
Last month, his team ripped into the press, blaming the “disgusting and corrupt media” for giving “false meaning” to his remarks that gun rights supporters could “do something” if Hillary Clinton becomes president and appoints liberal judges.
The “Second Amendment” comment was one of a few Trump gaffes that plagued his campaign at the time. His public feud with the Khan family and his comments about President Barack Obama and Clinton being the “co-founders” of Islamic State (a remark he later dismissed as “sarcasm”) led many Republicans to come forward to say they were no longer supporting his bid.
It is thought Trump’s move to end the longhead blacklist reflects a cooling of heads between himself and the media. It follows a decision by Clinton to allow members of the press to travel with her on her campaign plane and ask questions while in the air.