Jake Tapper: Donald Trump White House 'Unamerican', 'Petulant' (Watch)

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This afternoon, on CNN's The Lead with Jake Tapper spoke out on the Trump administration's lockout of CNN and most other mainstream news outlets from their press briefing.

In a stunning change from any previous administration, Trump decided today to only allow friendly 'press' like Breitbart to attend the press briefing. CNN, The New York Times, Politico, and others were not allowed to attend.

So far, the administration has not made any statements regarding why that happened, aside from saying that they were planning on having a pool report, and then decided to invite a few friends...

Tapper pointed out that Sean Spicer previously said that kicking news organizations that don't agree with them out signals the start of a "dictatorship."

A White House that has had some difficult telling the truth and seems to have trouble getting up to speed on the basic functioning of government, and a president who seems particularly averse to any criticism. They're taking the next step in attempting to avoid checks and balances and accountability. It's not acceptable; in fact, it's petulant. And indicative of a lack of backing understanding of how a white house functions.


Don't misunderstand what's going on with that rhetoric and with today's action banning various media outlets....this White House does not seem to respect the idea of accountability, this White House does not seem to value an independent press. There is a word for that line of thinking -- the word is 'Unamerican'.

During his comments, Tapper played video from earlier today of Donald Trump saying that he was going to 'do something' about the press -- because he doesn't like their reporting. He also claimed that the press 'doesn't represent' the people.

Several journalists have come out against Trump's attack on the media, including most from CNN, and The New York Times, as well as many from Washington Post and MSNBC -- and even some from Fox News.

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