Trump re-elec­tion cam­paign to deny me­dia cre­den­tials to Bloomberg News staff

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U.S. Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump’s re­elec­tion cam­paign said on Mon­day it will no longer is­sue press cre­den­tials to re­porters work­ing for Bloomberg News, the agency owned by Demo­cratic pres­i­den­tial-hope­ful Michael Bloomberg.

The news agency said af­ter Mr. Bloomberg’s an­nounce­ment of his pres­i­den­tial bid that it would no longer crit­i­cally cover the Demo­cratic pres­i­den­tial can­di­dates but would go on cov­er­ing Mr. Trump. Mr. Trump’s re-elec­tion cam­paign made the an­nounce­ment. It was not im­me­di­ately clear whether the White House would change how Bloomberg re­porters are treated.

Cre­den­tials en­able re­porters to more eas­ily ac­cess ral­lies and other cam­paign events lead­ing up to the Novem­ber, 2020, elec­tion. Mem­bers of the public must ob­tain tick­ets from the cam­paign and then wait in long lines to en­ter events. “Since they have de­clared their bias openly, the Trump cam­paign will no longer cre­den­tial rep­re­sen­ta­tives of Bloomberg News for ral­lies or other cam­paign events,” Mr. Trump’s cam­paign man­ager, Brad Parscale, said in a state­ment.

Mr. Bloomberg, the for­mer New York mayor and bil­lion­aire me­dia mogul who owns the epony­mous news or­ga­ni­za­tion, an­nounced on Nov. 24 that he would seek the Demo­cratic nom­i­na­tion for pres­i­dent. Sep­a­rately, he is spend­ing US$100-mil­lion of his own money on dig­i­tal ads at­tack­ing Mr. Trump. In re­sponse to the Trump cam­paign an­nounce­ment, Bloomberg News quoted ed­i­tor-in-chief John Mick­leth­wait as say­ing, “The ac­cu­sa­tion of bias couldn’t be fur­ther from the truth.”

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