President Donald Trump’s re-election campaign announced Monday that it would no longer credential Bloomberg News journalists to attend campaign events, campaign manager Brad Parscale confirmed in a statement Monday.
The news comes soon after the outlet confirmed it would not investigate its owner, Michael Bloomberg, or his competitors for the upcoming Democratic presidential nomination. However, Bloomberg News asserted it would continue to investigate Trump’s administration as it is “the government of the day.”
According to Parscale, Bloomberg News’ decision “to formalize preferential reporting policies is troubling and wrong.” The campaign manager said that Trump’s team would determine whether to talk to individual reporters or answer Bloomberg News inquiries on a case-by-case basis.
The new policy would remain unchanged until Bloomberg News publicly rescinds its decision, Parscale said.
The Republican National Committee has also backed up Trump’s decision. Chairwoman Ronna McDaniel announced in a statement that the GOP would also no longer credential Bloomberg representatives at its events. McDaniel highlighted that media outlet should be fair and independent.
In response, Bloomberg News Editor-in-Chief John Micklethwait stated that Bloomberg was never biased in its Trump’s coverage and will continue to do so despite the restrictions imposed by the Trump campaign.
That is not the first time that Trump campaign barred numerous outlets from officially covering its events citing unfair coverage. During Trump’s 2016 presidential run, his campaign revoked credentials for journalists from The Washington Post, Politico, Buzzfeed, and The Huffington Post.
Michael Bloomberg, the ex-Republican and former New York City mayor, had launched its presidential bid last month. The 77-year-old billionaire, who became Democrat only last year, said he was ”uniquely positioned” to defeat Donald Trump.
Bloomberg already vowed to spend at least USD 150 million of his wealth on the 2020 campaign, including more than USD 100 million for internet advertising attacking Trump. The newest White House hopeful already asserted that he would not accept any political donations for his campaign or take a salary should he win the elections.
Last year, Forbes ranked him as the 11th-richest person in the world, highlighting its net worth of nearly USD 50 billion. By contrast, President Trump was ranked 259th with a net worth of USD 3 billion.
Bloomberg businesses employ more than 19,000 people in 69 countries worldwide, Forbes noted.
The mayors of Columbia, South Carolina, and Louisville, Kentucky, already endorsed him. However, his Democratic rivals Elizabeth Warren and Bernie Sanders, opposed Bloomberg’s bid saying that he is trying to buy the presidency.
What do you think? Do you agree or disagree with Trump’s presidential campaign to revoke press credentials for Bloomberg News?