For the first time in 20 years, American Urban Radio Networks correspondent April Ryanwasn’t invited to the White House Christmas party, and she doesn’t think that her name was left off the list by accident.
“I don’t think I was overlooked,” Ryan told The Washington Post . “I think they don’t like me. For whatever reason, they have disdain for me.”
But in the same interview, Ryan didn’t seem to be too bothered by it, saying, “He has the right to invite whoever he wants. He chose not to invite me. I’m good.”
CNN also announced on Tuesday that, even though it had received an invitation to the Christmas party, it would not be attending either.
“In light of the President’s continued attacks on freedom of the press and CNN, we do not feel it is appropriate to celebrate with him as his invited guests,” a spokesman for the network said.
White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders responded on Twitter, writing, “Christmas comes early! Finally, good news from @CNN.”
President Donald Trump has long battled against the news media and has even gone so far as to call them an “enemy of the people.” The Christmas party is just another symptom of that steadily deteriorating relationship.