Secret Service Agents Block CBS Reporter's Phone While Trying to Question Jared Kushner
CBS News Correspondent Errol Barnett tried to ask Jared Kushner a question about the disappearance of Washington Post columnist Jamal Khashoggi on a flight only to have Secret Service intervene and obscure his phone. A Secret Service agent accompanying Kushner blocked Barnett's phone, and when Barnett showed the agent his press credentials, the agent said: "I don't give a damn who you are, there's a time and place." Barnett tweeted out the video of the incident with the recap, “Jared Kushner did not answer my question and the secret service informs me, while obscuring my phone, that despite identifying as WH press, there is a ‘time and a place’ for questions. It is unclear when and where that is.” On CBS Evening News, Barnett explained Kushner's obscure role as Trump's main envoy to Saudi Arabia -- the U.S. doesn't have an Ambassador in Riyadh. The president’s son-in-law has cultivated a close partnership with the heir to the Saudi throne, Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman. The relationship is now imperiled by the unexplained disappearance and alleged gruesome murder of Khashoggi. The suspected killing has sparked international outcry and calls for tough punishment of Riyadh. After the incident with Barnett and Kushner got a lot of attention and backlash, the Secret Service responded via Twitter with this: “@SecretService is aware of the video... circumstances surrounding the incident are under review... appropriate action will be taken if necessary. No further comment will be made until the incident is able to be fully reviewed.” Barnett has been with CBS News since 2016. Other journalists flagged the incident as a dangerous sign. When questions from the White House Press corps are treated as threats, everyone should be concerned. See the video here.