Just days after CNN announced it would be boycotting the White House Christmas party, President Donald Trump responded by extending an additional invite.
“Good afternoon. The President wanted you to know that while the rest of CNN will not be attending the Christmas reception, if you’re able to he is still happy to have you — the cameramen, sound, and other technicians, who work so tirelessly behind the scenes — to come participate,” wrote White House deputy press secretary Lindsay Walters, according to The Hill.
“You and your guest will be on the list at the entrance. Please note this invitation is nontransferable. Best, Lindsay.”
Shortly after a Politico report revealed Tuesday that CNN would not be attending the Christmas party due “to the President's continued attacks on freedom of the press and CNN,” White House press secretary Sarah Sanders responded via Twitter.
— Sarah Sanders (@PressSec) November 29, 2017
“We will send a White House reporting team to the event and report on it if news warrants,” CNN wrote in a statement.
The president followed up Sanders's tweet with a barb of his own:
Great, and we should boycott Fake News CNN. Dealing with them is a total waste of time! https://t.co/8zJ3j7g5el
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) November 29, 2017
Trump has not appeared on CNN for an interview since August 2016, per The Hill.