Thursday, 27 April, 2017

Media protests after Tillerson takes only one reporter to Asia

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"We may not share a common view on this, given the make-up of the membership", he said.

The Trump administration has told the State Department to cut more than 50 percent of USA funding to United Nations programs, according to reports on Monday. He will also visit South Korea and China to discuss cooperation against the threat of North Korea's nuclear program.

"We don't take this opportunity lightly and recognize the controversy surrounding press access for the trip", it said in a statement.

State Department officials - including Ambassador to the UN Nikki Haley - say their goal is to fix the organization and its "bias" against the Jewish state.

The invitation is a testament to McPike's tenacious, detailed brand of reporting.

Trump envoy meets Netanyahu in Israel
When he does, chief Palestinian negotiator Saeb Erekat says Trump will make a "historic" offer to the Palestinians. The U.S. issued similarly worded statements after a meeting with Netanyahu on Monday and Abbas on Tuesday.

The State Department claimed that the press corps could not be accommodated because Tillerson opted for a smaller plane to save money.

A reporter from a conservative-leaning website is the only media representative flying with Secretary of State Rex Tillerson on his trip to Asia this week.

"We've been very clear, frankly, that this is a smaller footprint all around, and this is the secretary's decision, to travel with a smaller footprint", he said. That personal preference apparently outweighed any responsibility the secretary feels about providing the press with access.

At yesterday's State Department press briefing, just hours before Tillerson was scheduled to take off, spokesperson Mark Toner was still unwilling to divulge whether any reporters would be traveling on the plane. Part of the rationale is that this is "a cost-saving measure" because news outlets only "pay a degree" of the costs associated with sending journalists to travel with the secretary. Either circumstances will remain the same, and the press will still have limited access to Tillerson when he travels.

Before founding IJR, Skatell worked for the National Republican Senatorial Committee and for the Republican Governors Association, according to his LinkedIn profile. Trending Tuesday headlines on the site included "Planned Parenthood Executive Makes Bigtime Humiliating Mistake of Going on Tucker Carlson's Show" and "Dem. Congressman Warned Not Once, Not Twice, But Three Times - Then Officers Put Him in Handcuffs".

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