Trump discovers that when you shut out photographers, they find a way to get back at you.
President Donald Trump’s disdain for the media is legendary, but he may be regretting his decision to shut out reporters and photographers traveling with him on a recent 12-day trip to Asia.
In a tweet that went viral, New York Times photojournalist Doug Mills highlighted a bizarre moment where Trump appeared to contort both his body and face for a group photo with world leaders at the ASEAN conference on Monday. To Trump’s left was Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte, and Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc of Vietnam was on his right.
Mills was been accused by Fox News of exacting “revenge” on a president who froze out the press throughout his trip.
— Doug Mills (@dougmillsnyt) November 13, 2017
Earlier in the trip, Mills tweeted out an image of a black box to protest the lack of access to the president while in Vietnam for the APEC Summit.
This what our APEC Summit photo coverage looks today in Da Nang Vietnam. Blank. No coverage by the White House Travel Pool photographers traveling with @realDonaldTrump #APEC2017 #apec pic.twitter.com/jFgsJW5OcO
— Doug Mills (@dougmillsnyt) November 11, 2017
For a photographer on assignment to express anger by tweeting a blank, black box is highly unusual. But denying official media access to major international events has real repercussions.
Just think how little we know about Trump’s interactions on this trip with Rodrigo Duterte, president of the Philippines. Human rights activists around the world had pressed Trump, in advance of this trip, to address the issue of rampant extrajudicial killings in the Philippines under Duterte’s crackdown on drug Read More Here