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After Questions on Cohen, Reporters Kept From Dinner

2 granted access after photojournalists took stand: AP
By Arden Dier,  Newser Staff
Posted Feb 27, 2019 9:20 AM CST
President Trump speaks during a dinner with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un on Wednesday in Hanoi.   (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

(Newser) – Some reporters, abruptly evicted from a work area at a Hanoi hotel on Tuesday, were barred from covering President Trump's dinner with Kim Jong Un on Wednesday. Though the White House called it a "social dinner," press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said the press pool would be limited due to the "sensitive nature of the meetings" at the Sofitel Legend Metropole hotel. She barred all reporters at first, then granted access to "one print reporter and a radio reporter" after photojournalists refused to cover the event without a reporter present, reports the AP.

The outlet notes two of four journalists kept away had asked questions of Trump as he met with Kim earlier in the day. Reporters were heard asking about Michael Cohen shortly before the president signaled an end to questions. Trump did address photojournalists at the dinner, requesting that they send photos so he could share them with the North Korean leader, per Politico. One photographer and one cameraman from North Korea also covered the 90-minute dinner, which finished around 9pm local time. Trump is to meet again with Kim and advisers on Thursday. (More on the summit here.)

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