On Tuesday, we reported that despite repeated invitations from the channel, the White House had declined to send administration officials as on-air guests to CNN for several weeks, marking something of an unofficial icing out for the channel. On Wednesday, that ice appeared to be melting.
On Wednesday, the White House made Dr. Sebastian Gorka, a deputy assistant to the president specializing in national security (and formerly an editor for Breitbart), available for an interview on “The Lead” with Jake Tapper, a CNN spokeswoman confirmed.
Guest lists aren’t out for Tapper’s Sunday show yet, but in the past few weeks top Trump advisers have appeared on nearly all the other major networks with Sunday shows, but not CNN’s. President Donald Trump has had an ongoing feud with CNN, labeling them on Twitter as “fake news” and even calling them out during an event for Black History Month at the White House on Wednesday.
The White House has denied there’s any sort of CNN ban, noting that reporters have still been getting questions in the briefing room.