White House’s CNN snub ends with Gorka interview

President Trump's White House ended its alleged snubbing of CNN on Wednesday when deputy assistant to the president Sebastian Gorka discussed the administration's Iran policy with Jake Tapper in the 4 p.m. ET hour.

Gorka was the first administration official to appear on the network since Trump's presidency began on Jan. 20. 

A Politico report on Tuesday charged that Trump and his team were intentionally dodging the network, which the president called "a hostile community" and "fake news" again Wednesday. The report cited several unnamed sources. 

On Jan. 24, CNN senior media correspondent Brian Stelter wrote in his daily "Reliable Sources" newsletter that he was informed by a "Trumpworld aide" that the administration's snubbing of CNN was a strategy by Trump and his team to drive down the network's ratings.

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"A Trumpworld aide predicted to me that the ratings for the programs would be hurt because no Trump administration officials had agreed to be interviewed," Stelter wrote. 

That impasse appeared to have broken by Wednesday, though Trump still had harsh words for the network.

During a Black History Month event in Washington, Trump singled out CNN contributor Paris Dennard, who defended Trump throughout the campaign in segments in which he was often outnumbered by other guests.

"Paris has done an amazing job in a very hostile CNN community," Trump said to laughter in the room. "He was all by himself. It was seven people and Paris, and I'll take Paris over the seven.

"I don't watch CNN, so I don't get to see [Dennard] as much,” he continued. “I don't like watching fake news. But Fox has treated me very nice, wherever Fox is, thank you."

At a press conference in New York three weeks ago, Trump called CNN White House correspondent Jim Acosta "rude" and blasted the network as "fake news."

"Your organization is terrible," Trump told Acosta when he repeatedly attempted to ask a question.

"You're attacking us, can you give us a question?” Acosta replied.

"Don't be rude. No, I'm not going to give you a question. You are fake news," Trump responded, before calling on another reporter. 

Trump himself has not appeared on the CNN since an August interview with Anderson Cooper. 

Since the election, Trump has done three interviews: the first with ABC's David Muir, the second with Fox News's Sean Hannity and a third with Christian Broadcasting Network's David Brody.