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 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, CNN President Jeff Zucker told The New York Times.
“We got a lot of positive feedback to that,” Zucker said.
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 by comparing the press briefing to a Supreme Court ruling in which non-electronic 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, including Trump’s recent tweet of himself body-slamming a man who had CNN’s logo for a head.