Trump Officials Refuse to Give Their Names to Reporters

March 6, 2017 by
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In a break with standard practice, Trump administration officials participating in a conference call with reporters did not give their names even though journalists had agreed to identify them only as unnamed officials. Trump’s Revised Travel Ban Excludes Iraqis, by Glenn Thrush, New York Times (March 6, 2017).

In a conference call with reporters on Monday morning, officials with Homeland Security, the Department of State and Department of Justice defended Mr. Trump’s original order and said the rewrite was intended to address legal concerns quickly to deal with what they repeatedly characterized as an urgent national security threat.

In a break with standard practice, participants in the call did not give their names to reporters even though, as a condition of joining the briefing, journalists had agreed to identify them only as unnamed officials.

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