April Ryan: I wasn’t invited to White House Christmas party because ‘they have disdain for me’

American Urban Radio Networks correspondent April Ryan says she wasn’t to the annual White House Christmas party for the first time in 20 years because “they have disdain for me.”

Ryan, who is also a CNN contributor, told The Washington Post she doesn’t believe the omission was an accident.

“I don’t think I was overlooked,” she said. “I think they don’t like me. For whatever reason, they have disdain for me.”

Ryan has clashed repeatedly with former White House press secretary Sean Spicer, who departed in August, and current press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders during daily press briefings for much of the year.

Last month, Ryan asked Sanders if the Trump administration “thinks that slavery is wrong.”

“I think it’s disgusting and absurd to suggest that anyone inside of this building would support slavery,” Sanders responded.

Over the Thanksgiving weekend, Ryan asked Sanders on Twitter if she actually baked a pecan pie after the press secretary tweeted out a photo of one.

“I don’t cook much these days, but managed this Chocolate Pecan Pie for Thanksgiving at the family farm!” Sanders wrote.

“Show it to us on a table,” Ryan replied on Twitter.

“Don’t worry @AprilRyan because I’m nice I’ll bake one for you next week #RealPie #FakeNews,” Sanders offered.

{mosads}”Okay I want to watch you bake it and put it on the table,” Ryan tweeted. “But forgive I won’t eat it. Remember you guys don’t like the press.”

CNN announced on Tuesday it would not attend the White House Christmas party.

“In light of the President’s continued attacks on freedom of the press and CNN, we do not feel it is appropriate to celebrate with him as invited guests,” a spokesperson for the network told The Hill.

“Christmas comes early! Finally, good news from @CNN,”  Sanders tweeted in response.


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