New York Times' Maggie Haberman: If Trump took press credentials away 'the person who would be saddest is Donald Trump'

Source: Washington Examiner | May 11, 2018 | Eddie Scarry

New York Times White House reporter Maggie Haberman said there’s no chance President Trump would start yanking press credentials from journalists because he prefers keeping their close attention.

In an interview published online Friday with Slate, Haberman said Trump enjoys consuming news about himself too much to start pushing the media away.

“I don’t think he’s going to take away credentials,” she said. “Also, it’s just so stupid. It’s like, first of all, if cameras weren’t allowed into the White House, the person who would be saddest is Donald Trump, No. 1, because there is nothing he loves more than media attention. No. 2, we don’t need credentials to cover him.”

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In her interview with Slate, Haberman said Trump doesn’t understand that his options to reduce press access to his administration are limited.

“This is the thing he doesn’t get,” she said. “When he was a real estate developer, he was great at manipulating gossip-page coverage of himself or even sometimes business-page coverage of himself, but this is government coverage. People don’t need his permission to cover him. That’s not how this works.”

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