CNN’s April Ryan claims, for the first time in 20 years, she was not invited to the annual White House Christmas Party. Ryan believes the Trump administration has a “disdain” for her.
One of the reasons Ryan’s non-invitation could be due to the feud between her and Press Secretary Sanders. Last month, Ryan accused the Trump administration of being “pro-slavery” and Secretary Sanders said it was a “disgusting” accusation.
According to Washington Post:
Among those not invited this year is April Ryan, the White House correspondent for American Urban Radio Networks and a CNN contributor.
Ryan doesn’t know why she didn’t get a golden ticket this year, but she suspects it may be payback for her various run-ins with Trump and his press secretary, Sarah Huckabee Sanders, during the past year. Over the Thanksgiving weekend, for example, Ryan questioned Sanders’s claim to having baked a magazine-perfect chocolate pecan pie. Ryan tweeted: “Show it to us on a table,” which sparked “#piegate,” a debate about presidential credibility.
In an interview, Ryan said, “I’ve given up trying to figure out why” she wasn’t invited to this year’s soiree. “He has the right to invite whoever he wants. He chose not to invite me. I’m good.”
Well, not that good.
“I don’t think I was overlooked,” she continued. “I think they don’t like me. For whatever reason, they have disdain for me.”
Ryan noted that this is first time in 20 years of covering the White House that she hasn’t been welcome at the annual party. She’s attended parties hosted by presidents Bill Clinton, George W. Bush and Barack Obama (she said “no” one time during the Bush years because she was pregnant). And that includes years in which she’s tangled with other press secretaries, including Obama’s first, Robert Gibbs.