Costco Barred Media From Donald Trump Jr. Book Signing At Arizona Warehouse: Reports

Costco barred reporters from entering an event at one of the wholesaler's warehouses in Arizona where Donald Trump Jr. was signing copies of his new book, it has been reported.

At least three local media outlets said that Costco staff did not allow reporters inside its Scottsdale warehouse on Monday or conduct interviews on its grounds.

12 News reported that this meant journalists could not even ask questions of people waiting in line to have their copies of Trump Jr.'s new book signed by the president's eldest son.

Azfamily.com also claimed that Costco did not permit media to come inside the warehouse with cameras to watch the event.

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Donald Trump Jr. speaks early in the night before his father, President Donald Trump, at a campaign rally at U.S. Bank Arena on August 1 in Cincinnati. On Thursday, Trump Jr. is expected to speak at the University of Florida in Gainesville, an event students are planning to protest. Andrew Spear/Getty

In a package on the book signing for 12 News, journalist Brahm Resnik said: "We'd like to show you the book signing inside the Costco, but Costco wouldn't let us in.

"Costco also wouldn't let us talk to people waiting in line to have their books signed by Donald Trump Jr."

But Resnik later added that he did go inside the building as a Costco member, and claimed that the signing took place in a "far corner" of the warehouse. (Resnik did not respond to a request for further comment at the time of publication.)

Donald Trump Jr. published his new book titled Triggered: How the Left Thrives on Hate and Wants to Silence Us with Center Street last week.

In the book, Trump Jr. rails against the press and "fake news," even dedicating a whole chapter titled "The Enemy of the People?" to his gripes with the media.

Costco's decision to block journalists from attending Trump Jr.'s book signing at its warehouse in Scottsdale came a day after the president's eldest son and his girlfriend Kimberly Guilfoyle walked out of a similar event at the University of California campus in Los Angeles on Sunday.

The pair left the event hosted by Turning Point USA less than an hour into its scheduled two-hour run time after they were booed by Trump supporters angered that there would be no question-and-answer session.

Trump Jr.'s book signing in Arizona Monday does not appear to have gone the same way. The Trump Organization executive vice president posted a video of a large crowd outside the warehouse cheering and chanting "USA!" on his Instagram.

Another book signing and launch party for Triggered is being held at the Trump International Hotel in Washington, D.C., Tuesday night.

Costco did not respond to a request for comment.

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