April Ryan, an American Urban Radio Networks correspondent, may now be the most well-known member of the White House Press Corps because of the things she’s gone through just to cover the news, which is her job.
On Tuesday, in the latest sparring match with the Trump administration, White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer took a jab at her as she asked about any collusion between the president and Russia. As the exchange between them heated up, he accused her of being “hell-bent on trying to make sure that whatever image you want to tell about this White House stays.” After more of the same, Spicer told her, “Please stop shaking your head again.”
But Ryan said Wednesday morning on CNN that she was shaking her head only “in disbelief” at Spicer’s reaction. “I’m a reporter just trying to get answers,” she said. “It was a simple question; it was a legitimate question … I dropped my head, I didn’t shake my head at first,” but saw that she did upon reviewing the tape—not that there’s some rule against shaking one’s head. She said that she would return to the White House press briefing Wednesday to continue to do her job.
But several other female journalists, as well as former presidential candidate Hillary Clinton, came to her defense regarding Spicer’s comments.
Last month during a news conference with President Donald Trump, Ryan was asked to set up a meeting with the Congressional Black Caucus, as if she were a political liaison between with the group. “Do you want to set up the meeting? Are they friends of yours,” Trump asked her. He, of course, drew heavy criticism for it.
Ryan was also reportedly in a heated argument with White House communications official Omarosa Manigault over emails she sent to Ryan, allegedly inferring that she had been on Clinton’s payroll.