Although Politico, BuzzFeed and the Washington Post recently re-acquired press credentials to accompany the Trump campaign through the lifting of a ban on certain media outlets, Vice News reporter Alex Thompson was arrested in Houston at the Omni Westside Hotel on Saturday while attempting to enter a Trump rally.
Neither Vice News nor any of its reporters had been placed on the Trump media blacklist.
Arrested inside the Omni Westside after inquiring about media credentials to attend the event, Thompson was released on bond by the Houston Police Department (HPD) hours later.
VICE News reporter Alex Thompson released after arrest at Trump event in Houston | VICE News https://t.co/FKpS6vj89e
— Alex Thompson (@AlxThomp) September 18, 2016
According to Vice, Thompson had carried out the formalities to earn press credentials prior to Saturday’s rally, but was told his registration was “pending” by the Trump campaign. Despite lacking proper press credentials, Thompson appeared at the hotel to inquire with Trump staff on the state of his application.
As told by Vice, a hotel representative approached Thompson and asked him to leave the premises. Continuing to wait, Houston police officers took Thompson into custody and led him from the hotel.
“(The Trump campaign) was not involved in this incident or aware of the details surrounding it. The event organizers were responsible for today’s media presence and requested the campaign limit attendance to the traveling pool. The campaign had no staff presence at check-in for guests or media and therefore has no further knowledge of what occurred,” a statement from the Trump campaign read.
Approximately a half hour before Thompson’s release from custody, a statement issued by HPD contradicted Thompson’s account of his arrest.
“Hotel management initially asked a man to leave the building and he eventually complied and left,” it read. “Soon after, he entered the hotel a second time. When asked to leave by management, he refused to do so and told hotel employees they would have to have him arrested because he was not leaving. The hotel management then advised police officers they wanted the man arrested for trespassing. Officers did so and transported him to the HPD Central Jail on a charge of criminal trespass, a class B misdemeanor. The arrest took place about 12:25 pm. The man’s name is Alexander Scott Thompson.”
Although Vice and its reporters had not been subject to the wrath of the Trump campaign, Thompson did author a column critical of Trump’s children. Appearing in late August, the piece criticizes the Trump campaign‘s spending approximately $7.7 million on firms which have ties to his children and his own companies.
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