When CNN sent its courtroom sketch artist to cover a White House press briefing closed to cameras, at least one of President Donald Trump’s officials was amused.
CNN courtroom sketch artist Bill Hennessy drew the White House press secretary, Sean Spicer, at a press briefing in which cameras were banned on Friday, and Spicer liked the drawing so much that he ended up keeping a copy to display in his office, The New York Times said Wednesday in an article about CNN’s tension with Trump.
“We got a lot of positive feedback to that,” CNN’s president, Jeff Zucker, told The Times.
Amid growing pushback on the Trump administration’s apparent efforts to restrict press access to the White House, CNN defended its decision to bring in a sketch artist, citing the Supreme Court ruling that nonelectronic forms of recording — such as sketch drawings — are permitted.
CNN’s stunt came during a time of strained relations between the Trump administration and the network; most recently, Trump on Sunday retweeted a video of his body-slamming a man who had CNN’s logo for a head.