White House 'excludes LGBT and black reporters from media Christmas party'

White House 'excludes LGBT and black reporters from media Christmas party'

The Trump administration has allegedly excluded groups from a party

Wednesday, December 6, 2017

The White House has reportedly not invited black and LGBT reporters to its media Christmas party.

It is said to be the first time in 20 years that black people have been left out and the first time since George Bush was in power that LGBT people have not been invited.

American Urban Radio Networks' White House correspondent and DC bureau chief, April D Ryan, has not received an invite despite being given one for the past 20 years.

But Ryan, who is black, said “I don’t think I was overlooked." Instead, she claimed "I think they don’t like me. For whatever reason, they have disdain for me.”

Chris Johnson, who works as the chief political and White House reporter for LGBT newspaper Washington Blade, has also not been invited, Pink News reported.

Johnson told The Independent he thought he hadn't received an invite due to an oversight, but when speaking to several spokespeople no-one was able to provide him with an answer as to why he had not been invited.

He claimed "it is consistent with the White House press secretary not calling on me during the on-camera press briefings" and is “just kind of consistent with the policy of the administration to exclude LGBTQ people."

A spokesperson for Melania Trump has said the Christmas party as usual "is off the record" and not supposed to be a news event but is instead "an opportunity for the media and their guests to enjoy a reception at the White House this Christmas season.”

Washington Post, New York Times and Politico reporters have been invited to the event, whilst CNN is boycotting it.