CBS anchor Gayle King on Friday defended her recent vacation with Barack and Michelle Obama, saying that it was not political.
King, a co-host of "CBS This Morning" who donated thousands of dollars to former President Obama's reelection campaign, raised questions about her impartiality as a journalist after it was discovered that she vacationed on a yacht with the Obamas. The yacht vacation occurred in Tahiti and included Tom Hanks, Bruce Springsteen, and Oprah Winfrey.
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During Friday's airing of "Access Hollywood," King was asked about the controversy at a Variety magazine event honoring powerful women in New York, NewsBusters reports.
"My vacations are not political and so I went on vacation with a great group of people, and to me, that's not a political statement," King said.
"Last time I checked, he wasn't in the White House anymore," King continued. "So, I went on vacation with friends. That's how I see it."
King dismissed recent reports that her co-host Charlie Rose and other journalists at CBS News were upset with her over the vacation, seeing it as a slap in the face.
King was honored at the Variety event along with former first daughter Chelsea Clinton.