Trump ends CNN boycott

The unofficial ban was only in force for a few hours

Trump ends CNN boycott

President Donald Trump, accompanied by his daughter Ivanka, waves as they walk to board Marine One on the South Lawn of the White House in Washington, Wednesday, Feb. 1. | Image: Evan Vucci AP/Press Association Images

Donald Trump’s White House has already broken its boycott of news network CNN.

Earlier today,  a spokesperson for Trump’s administration had claimed that nobody on the president’s team would be appearing on CNN for the foreseeable future, saying that they would be "sending surrogates to places where we think it makes sense to promote our agenda" instead.

Press Secretary Sean Spicer claimed the CNN ban wasn’t official or permanent, just that the administration didn’t want to encourage a network that has "no desire to actually get something right."

As reported by Variety, a deputy assistant to Trump named Sebastian Gorka appeared on The Lead With Jake Tapper this afternoon, ending what could be one of the shortest boycotts of any kind ever.

Mr Trump clashed with CNN before during a January press conference, when he accused them of being “fake news”.

"Your organisation's terrible - quiet, quiet. I'm not going to give you a question - you are fake news", he told CNN's senior White House correspondent Jim Acosta.

The incident related to an alleged dossier about Mr Trump that was published by BuzzFeed.