Reporters blocked from covering Tillerson's horseback ride in Argentina

Reporters blocked from covering Tillerson's horseback ride in Argentina

05/02/2018 - Reporters accompanying Secretary of State Rex Tillerson were reportedly prevented from covering his horseback ride during a visit to Argentina.

Tillerson visited the Argentine Patagonia during his recent five-nation tour of Latin America and planned to ride horseback into the Nahuel Huapi national park, according to the Los Angeles Times.

The press was reportedly informed just minutes before the secretary’s arrival at Wesley ranch that they would not be allowed to cover the ride or to photograph him atop Zorzal, the horse he personally rented for the occasion.

Reporters, who the Times said “paid large sums” to travel with Tillerson, were only allowed to cover him chatting with park officials, despite the ride being included in the official press schedule.

Steven Goldstein, the undersecretary for public diplomacy at the State Department, told the newspaper that Tillerson wanted the ride to be a “private moment.”

“He wanted to ride a horse for 25 minutes on his own,” Goldstein said.

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