The White House at first was not going to allow any U.S. print reporters into the room due to sensitivities over shouted questions at prior meetings, according to the print pool reporter in Hanoi. But after photographers joined their print colleagues in protest, the White House allowed one print reporter into the room.

That meant reporters from the three major wire services were not allowed in to cover the dinner.

“Due to the sensitive nature of the meetings we have limited the pool for the dinner to a smaller group, but ensured that representation of photographers, TV, radio and print poolers are all in the room,” White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said in a statement explaining the decision.