CNN has not covered the Trump-Russia investigation, the network’s managing director, David Rhodes, told CNN’s Fareed Zakaria in an interview published Thursday.
Trump and his associates, Rhodes said, “have had a longstanding interest in investigating Russia’s role in the 2016 election and have been very, very active” in seeking to get the story out there.
“They have been actively engaged in that,” Rhodes said.
“We’re in the middle of the investigation and it’s very, many people who have been critical of the president have not been invited to join the discussion,” Rhodes added.
The CNN president’s interview with Zakaria came amid a growing number of reports that CNN was slow to report on President Donald Trump’s first overseas trip since taking office.
According to CNN, the president’s first foreign trip to the Middle East began at the start of March.
On March 17, the White House said he traveled to the kingdom of Saudi Arabia, where he met King Salman and the crown prince, and to Israel and the Palestinian territories.
“On March 20, the President traveled to Italy, to France, to Germany, and now to Saudi Arabia and Israel,” the White the President’s first trip to Europe since taking power in January, Rhodes wrote.
“On March 23, the trip was again to Saudi and Israel, where the President met with King Salman.
On April 2, the visit was again in Italy and the King, the Crown Prince, and Secretary of State Rex Tillerson.”
Rhodes wrote that “there are no reports that the President has visited any other countries since March 20.”CNN, however, reported on Trump’s trip to Saudi, a major Islamic nation, on March 31.
On the same day, the cable network reported on an email from Trump to his top aides, saying, “We are doing a great job.
They are doing the job.
We have a tremendous group.
I think we will do a great show!”
The CNN report came as a major blow to the network and its reporting of the Russia investigation, with the network suspending a newsroom story on the probe.”CNN’s reporting of President Trump’s Russia visit has been suspended, effective immediately,” the network said in a statement.
“CNN Newsroom will be reporting on the story, which will be covered by the president himself, in the days ahead.”CNN also reported that the network was withholding information about the White’s first visit to Saudi.
The White House did not respond to a request for comment on the suspension.
The network’s decision comes a day after CNN announced the firing of White House press secretary Sean Spicer and senior producer Matt Dean, as well as senior political analyst Brian Stelter.
Both men were fired for “poor performance,” Rhodes told CNN.CNN has not commented on the reports of the White president’s foreign trips.
CNN reported earlier this week that the president was in Saudi Arabia to meet with King Abdullah and other high-ranking officials.