These Are the People Who Presidents (Including Donald Trump) Have Banned From the White House
Surely you’ve heard the one about President Donald Trump banning cellphones in the White House to help cut down on security leaks. But that’s not the only thing that’s off-limits in the nation’s most famous residence.
Former presidents have banned items from broccoli to jeans in the White House, so it’s not like Trump’s cellphone moratorium is that strange. The weirdest thing? There are certain people — or even groups of people — who are forbidden from setting foot inside those hallowed halls.
Read on to discover some of the people who have a White House ban.
1. Anthony Scaramucci
Sometimes it feels like the Trump administration is a never-ending revolving door of characters. One of the most notorious of these? Former White House communications director Anthony Scaramucci, also known as “the Mooch.”
His off-the-wall remarks make Trump seem quiet and reserved. In a phone call to New York reporter Ryan Lizza, Scaramucci referred to Reince Priebus as a “f**king paranoid schizophrenic” and said Steve Bannon wanted to perform an, ahem, vulgar act upon himself.
He’s now forbidden from stepping on White House grounds without prior special approval.
Next: This whole group of people can’t visit.
2. British people
If you heard British citizens can’t visit the White House, you’d probably think the ban was centuries ago, right? But actually, it’s true right now.
The British embassy announced in 2017: “The White House website states that foreign nationals interested in touring the White House should contact their Embassy to arrange a tour. However, the Embassy has been advised by the US Department of State that this is on hold. We are therefore unable to process any applications at this time.”
Next: This person received a ban over a voodoo doll.
3. Alice Roosevelt
Legend holds that Theodore Roosevelt’s outspoken daughter Alice Roosevelt buried a voodoo doll with the image of the incoming first lady, Nellie Taft, right before her dad left office. That, along with a few notable name-calling incidents, got her banned for a full two presidential terms after her father’s tenure.
Next: She got banned for snooping — and being annoying.
4. Trude Feldman
Trude Feldman is a well-known reporter whose claim to fame is she’s interviewed every president from the mid-20th century on. Her tactic? Pestering them to talk to her until they finally gave in out of annoyance.
Her tenacity may be admirable from a journalism perspective, but it’s not always well-received by the people she’s trying to talk to. During George W. Bush’s time in office, Feldman got caught snooping in off-limits areas of the White House. The breach of privacy almost got her banned for life, but ultimately authorities agreed to a 90-day suspension of visiting rights instead.
Next: This author got a ban for his controversial book.
5. Michael Wolff
There was a time when Michael Wolff had what seemed like unrestricted access to the White House and its residents, which anyone who read his book Fire and Fury: Inside the Trump White House certainly knows. But now that the tell-all is out and Trump tried to sue the book’s publisher, it’s pretty much guaranteed that Wolff can’t go anywhere near the White House.
Next: This athlete got a ban even though he didn’t want to go.
6. Stephen Curry
The Golden State Warriors MVP had a difference of opinion with Trump’s policies and said he wasn’t necessarily interested in visiting the White House if he got an invite. The president responded to the dis with a tweet that said, “Going to the White House is considered a great honor for a championship team. Stephen Curry is hesitating, therefore invitation is withdrawn!”
Next: This guy got a ban for punching someone important.
7. Robert Sherrill
Physical violence is enough to get you banned from the White House, which reporter Robert Sherrill proved when he got banned as a security risk after punching Florida’s press secretary. People knew the now-deceased writer for The Nation as a reporter who “never kissed ass.”
The ACLU later challenged the White House ban, but Sherrill never bothered attempting to get access again.
Next: This president can’t visit the White House.
8. The Polish president
The Polish senate approved an alleged “Holocaust law” that would make it illegal to use the term “Polish death camps” when talking about Nazi concentration camps in Poland. The controversial law wasn’t well-received, and a leaked memo from D.C. made it clear the Polish president and all high-ranking Polish officials won’t be allowed in the White House until the law is revoked.
Next: Even an Olympic win isn’t enough to give this athlete access.
9. Ryan Lochte
The bad boy of swimming got banned from the White House after the Rio Olympics when he and some teammates vandalized a gas station bathroom and then lied about it to police. Usually Team USA gets to visit the president at home after the Olympics. But in this case, their misbehavior got them a ban instead.
Next: Nixon famously banned all employees of this newspaper.
10. The Washington Post staff
It’s on tape — President Richard Nixon banned members of The Washington Post because he was angry about the paper’s coverage of the Watergate scandal. They were still allowed in the press briefing room for scheduled meetings, but they could not attend social functions. Ouch.
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