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