A reporter with One America News Network (OAN) attended the White House Coronavirus Task Force briefing on Thursday night, one day after the White House Correspondents Association (WHCA) removed her network from its rotation of reporters covering the briefing.
“Jonathan Karl, an ABC News reporter and president of the WHCA, said in a statement to news outlets that he asked Grisham to make Rion sit in a section of seating reserved for White House guests,” Charles Herring, CEO of OAN, said in an statement emailed to The Epoch Times on Friday.
Chanel Rion, the reporter, stood in the back of the briefing room and was called on by President Donald Trump. She asked Trump about his potentially using the Defense Production Act for things other than masks and ventilators.
Jared Kusher, Trumps son-in-law and a top White House adviser, answered the question, explaining how officials are spending time trying to pin down what quantity of supplies state officials actually need, versus what theyre asking for out of concern for the future.
The WHCA said this week that OAN was being removed from its rotation because Rion twice violated social distancing policies enacted based on guidance from federal health officials. She also attended briefings despite not being assigned a seat in the briefing room.
Rion noted that video footage showed other reporters and photographers were violating the guidelines and that she was an invited guest of White House press secretary Stephanie Grisham.
The White House didnt immediately return requests for comment.
Herring told Epoch Times that members of the association “were aware that Ms. Rion was extended an invitation by Stephanie Grisham, but took retaliatory action anyway.”
Grisham invited Rion again on Thursday, according to the reporter and Herring.
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