“This is unprecedented silence for the president of the United States,” CNN chief Brian Stelter told the Associated Press.
The news report has “basically disappeared from the White House and other key government agencies,” he added.
Although it is not uncommon for Trump’s press secretary to spend a lot of time meeting with the White House press, Mr. Trump himself remains involved with journalists throughout the presidency, often talking to them on the White House lawn when he travels to Marine One. But since Nov. 3, Trump has been hiding in the media, using his familiar Twitter feed to speak to the public.
CNN White House correspondent Kaitlan Collins said in a “credible source” on Sunday, “It is a broader effort across the government.”
“The authorities are refusing to comment or put themselves in a situation where they know they will be asked about this right by a journalist,” Collins said.
White House Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany gave an interview to reporters Friday, her first in seven weeks. She eventually refused to take the question from Collins, calling her an “activist.”
Collins said McEnany’s comments did not shock her.
“The sad situation was that it did not shock me or the other reporters in the room too much, I do not think so, because we saw something like that during that time and again,” Collins told Stelter.