Rupert Murdoch-owned outlets get only US questions at Trump-Japan press event

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President Trump only chose media outlets owned by conservative mogul Rupert Murdoch to ask questions during Friday’s joint press conference with Japanese President Shinzo Abe.

The White House typically says in advance which outlets will be allowed to ask questions of the world leaders during such events, most often on a rotating basis.

{mosads}Trump called on reporters from the New York Post and Fox Business Network, two outlets that are owned by Murdoch’s News Corp. No other American reporters were called on during the press conference.

The Post’s Daniel Halper, who published a book critical of Trump’s presidential rival, Hillary Clinton, in 2014, asked Trump about his reaction to a federal court’s ruling on Thursday that kept his travel ban inactive. Halper also asked Abe about his response to Trump’s decision to drop out of the Trans-Pacific Partnership, a multi-country trade deal that included Japan. 

The only other question from American media came from Fox Business’s Blake Burman, who asked follow-up questions along the same lines.  

This week, the Financial Times reported that Murdoch sat in on Trump’s interview with The Times of London, which is also owned by News Corp. Murdoch has reportedly sought a closer relationship with Trump after initial skirmishes between Trump and Murdoch’s Fox News during the Republican primary.  

During the campaign, the GOP nominee sat down for regular interviews with Fox even while his face time with other networks dwindled.  

Roger Ailes, Fox News’s former president, also reportedly advised the campaign after leaving the network amid a sexual harassment scandal.

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