President Donald Trumps reelection campaign will not issue press credentials to Bloomberg News until it restarts investigating 2020 Democratic candidates after its billionaire founder, Michael Bloomberg, announced his presidential bid.
“The decision by Bloomberg News to formalize preferential reporting policies is troubling and wrong,” Brad Parscale, President Trumps reelection campaign manager, said in a statement on Monday, according to several news reports. “As President Trumps campaign, we are accustomed to unfair reporting practices, but most news organizations dont announce their biases so publicly,” he added.
“Bloomberg News has declared that they wont investigate their boss or his Democrat competitors, many of whom are current holders of high office, but will continue critical reporting on President Trump,” Parscale wrote. “Since they have declared their bias openly, the Trump campaign will no longer credential representatives of Bloomberg News for rallies or other campaign events.”
Parscale said the campaign will make a decision on interfacing with individual Bloomberg reporters or answering questions.
“This will remain the policy of the Trump campaign until Bloomberg News publicly rescinds its decision,” he said.
Last month, the news outlets editor announced in a letter to staff it wont investigate the former New York City mayor or other Democratic candidates but said Trump is fair game.
“For the moment, our P&I team will continue to investigate the Trump administration, as the government of the day,” said Bloomberg Editor-in-Chief John Micklethwait. “If Mike is chosen as the Democratic presidential candidate (and Donald Trump emerges as the Republican one), we will reassess how we do that.”