BBC asks White House to review media security after cameraman shoved at Trump rally

The BBC's Americas Bureau Chief Paul Danahar on Tuesday requested a White House "review of security arrangements for the media" after one of the news organization's cameramen was shoved during President TrumpDonald TrumpTrump lawyers to Supreme Court: Jan. 6 committee 'will not be harmed by delay' Two House Democrats announce they won't seek reelection DiCaprio on climate change: 'Vote for people that are sane' MORE's campaign rally in Texas on Monday night.

"I’ve written to @PressSec asking for a full review of security arrangements for the media after last night’s attack on our BBC cameraman at the President's rally," Danahar wrote on Twitter. "Access into the media area was unsupervised. No one in law enforcement intervened before, during or after the attack."

The request came just a day after a man wearing one of the president's signature "Make America Great Again" hats was seen in a video shoving a BBC cameraman at Monday's campaign rally in El Paso.


The White House did not immediately respond to a request for comment from The Hill. 

In a statement issued later Tuesday, White House Correspondents’ Association President Olivier Knox condemned the attack and called on Trump to "make absolutely clear" to his supporters that violence against journalists "is unacceptable."

"The White House Correspondents’ Association condemns the physical attack on our colleague at the president’s rally in El Paso, Texas. We are relieved that, this time, no one was seriously hurt," Knox wrote. "The president of the United States should make absolutely clear to his supporters that violence against reporters is unacceptable."

Footage from the event shows the man shoving and swearing at BBC cameraman Ron Skeans before being pulled away.

Skeans told the BBC that he was caught unaware by a "very hard shove" during the rally, adding that he “didn’t know what was going on.”

A spokeswoman for BBC told The Guardian in a statement that the cameraman was “violently pushed and shoved by a member of the crowd” while covering the event.
The statement added that Trump "checked with us that all was OK." Trump could be seen gesturing to the crowd during the rally and asking, "You all right? Everything OK?"
“The man was removed by security and Ron is fine. The president could see the incident and checked with us that all was OK,” a representative for BBC said. “It is clearly unacceptable for any of our staff to be attacked for doing their job.”

The BBC stated that the incident occurred after Trump "heavily criticized" the press. 

Trump has repeatedly criticized the media throughout his presidency, often referring to it as "fake news" and the "enemy of the people." 

— Updated 2:23 p.m.