On Tuesday, CNN informed Politico that it will boycott the White House Christmas party held on Friday for the media.
A CNN spokesperson said, “CNN will not be attending this year’s White House Christmas party. In light of the President’s continued attacks on freedom of the press and CNN, we do not feel it is appropriate to celebrate with him as his invited guests. We will send a White House reporting team to the event and report on it if news warrants.”
CNN and Trump have long been at odds, with Trump chastising the network for purveying “fake news.” Trump targeted CNN last week, tweeting:
CNN fired back:
CNN anchor Jake Tapper thanked the reporters working for the network:
A CNN source said that the straw that broke the camel’s back for the network was reportedly that they viewed Trump’s tweet as endangering journalists working in dangerous foreign areas that are hostile to a free press.
On Monday, Trump doubled down on his criticism of CNN, tweeting:
Last July, Trump tweeted a video of himself pummeling CNN: