The 45th President of the United States Donald Trump has recently wondered why his “off the record” talk was never published. Reporters have clarified that his statements can’t be shared as of the White House deputy press secretary’s words. However, many reporters are getting confused as excerpts of this off the record interview can be used instead.
CNN’s report said that Trump gave permission to use what he said on interviews during his flight to meet the French president Emmanuel Macron. Many reporters thought that the interview was off-the-record and it was media protocol to never report any information tagged as such. Additionally, the deputy press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders confirmed that the interview was indeed off the record.
Even though the interview cannot be shared, the White House released excerpts about this interview. According to Time, the excerpts mostly talked about the Russia controversy, Donald Trump Jr.’s involvement, North Korea issues, health care reform and other topics. Many reporters were confused whether to report his Air Force One interviews before White House released all the transcriptions themselves. Previous presidents, like Barack Obama and Bill Clinton, have done the same act where reporters felt mixed signals whether they should report or not.
Currently, the Trump administration has made it hard to cover their official White House announcements with its new restrictions. The president’s aides have banned cameras and real-time recording, according to the Washington Post.
Additionally, the Trump administration has been openly antagonizing leading news organizations like CNN through Twitter. This CNN controversy stirred up when Trump posted a video that could inspire violence against mediamen. Trump’s relationship with the media is complicated whether he’s inexperienced or intentionally doing it on purpose. Previously Trump has also defied protocol in the press conferences in France. For now, we can only hope that the administration clarifies which of their interviews can be shared with the public.