On Wednesday the White House Correspondents Association banned OANN reporter Chanel Rion from the rotation of press outlets granted seats at the daily White House coronavirus task force briefings.
This was the WHCA accused Chanel Rion of allegedly violating in-house rules by twice showing up at the briefings without an assigned seat. The seating for the press has been limited due to CDC guidelines for social distancing because of the COVID-19 Chinese coronavirus pandemic. Rion has attended the briefings as a guest of White House Press Secretary Stephanie Grisham.
On Thursday Chanel Rion, OANN’s White House correspondent, told OANN that White House press secretary Stephanie Grisham invited her to attend the day’s White House coronavirus task force briefing.
This was after she was barred by White House Correspondents’ Association who used the excuse of social distancing to ban her from her clique.
Chanel Rion made the following statement to OANN earlier today.
CHANEL RION: I spoke with Stephanie Grisham. I met with her and we discussed the situation, and she invited me again to attend briefing today as her guest, standing in the back, and I will be in the press room today if there are no physical complications with that. She has stated explicitly that she had invited me in both instances, both yesterday and the day before when we were not on rotation, to stand at the back of the room.
So she reiterated, but there’s no official statement coming out of the White House yet. However, there are some rumblings happening between these various organizations as they discuss what exactly are the rules in that room and who controls it.
OAN's Chanel Rion says that she'll be attending today's White House briefing despite the WHCA kicking her out of the rotation because Stephanie Grisham has personally invited her again, though she adds there's "no official statement coming out of the White House yet" pic.twitter.com/tKWkzjHVLi
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