Trump boots New York Times reporter who criticized him from campaign event in Iowa

By BETHANIA PALMA MARKUS

A New York Times reporter who had written a critical story about GOP front runner Donald Trump’s Iowa campaign operation was kicked out of a campaign event on Friday.

Times reporter Trip Gabriel wrote he arrived late to an event at Pizza Ranch in Iowa. But shortly after arriving and going through screening, Gabriel was turned away by a Trump campaign staffer and a police officer.

“A Trump campaign aide walking beside the officer said I was being excluded on orders from ‘Chuck and Stephanie,’ an apparent reference to Mr. Trump’s Iowa state director, Chuck Laudner, and his wife, Stephanie, also a staff member,” Gabriel wrote.

The officer told him, “It’s a private event, you have to go.”

Earlier this week, Gabriel wrote a story entitled, “Donald Trump’s Iowa Ground Game Seems to Be Missing a Coach.” In it, he notes that Trump’s ground team in Iowa is disorganized.

“Compared with the well-oiled machines of other leading candidates in both parties, particularly that of the Cruz campaign, the Trump ground game in Iowa seems partly an afterthought, as if Mr. Trump’s strategy is to leverage his charisma — the appeal that draws thousands to his rallies — to motivate voters,” Gabriel writes.

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