St Louis photographers have a lot to be thankful for, but for one, they’re not allowed to photograph the President of the United States.
The president has been photographed twice in recent months, once by a group of journalists at the White House and once by photographer Jim Marshall, but neither time is allowed to be shown in public.
“The photograph of President Donald Trump in the Oval Office is a unique opportunity for journalists to witness the President as he makes his daily life and personal life in the White White House,” the White Senate press secretary said on Friday, before reiterating that it was not permitted to show photographs of the President at the State Department, Defense Department, the Whitehouse, the Capitol or anywhere else.
Marshall, the president’s former White House photographer, has been working as a freelancer since 2015 and said in a statement on Friday that he was told by the White house that the President was not allowed in the photo-op.
“He was not even allowed to put on his coat,” Marshall told The Associated Press.
“He is being photographed by a bunch of journalists, who have no idea who he is or what he’s doing.
I was told that they don’t want to give the president a photo-ops, but I’m not going to say anything.”
Marshall said he has been photographing Trump for three years, but has never been allowed to document him at the Oval office.
He has been to the WhiteHouse, the Pentagon, the OvalOffice and the Capitol, where he said he’s never seen the President.
“I have not been to Trump’s office, I’ve never seen his face,” Marshalls said.
“I have never been to his home.
I’ve been in his office.
I have never seen him at his home.”
The White House has also refused to let Marshall take photographs of Trump at his Mar-a-Lago estate, saying he is “not allowed to travel with the president” while the photo op is taking place.
“No matter how many times I’ve asked to photograph him, the pictures that I’ve taken of the president have been turned down,” White House press secretary Jay Carney said Friday.
“This is not a photographer’s dream.
It’s a photographer-dream.
The White House is going to keep him away from the White Houses staff.
The president is going be out of the picture.
It is not acceptable.”
A White House spokesman said he could not comment on pending litigation, which could be decided by the courts.
The AP has contacted the White HOUSE and the State Departments for comment.