White House officials canceled a planned opportunity for the media to question President Trump on Friday amid controversy over the guilty plea of former national security adviser Michael Flynn.

Reporters were scheduled to cover the beginning of a meeting between Trump and the prime minister of Libya on Friday morning, according to the president's official schedule.

But shortly after reporters walked onto the colonnade to prepare to cover the meeting in the Oval Office, they were escorted back to the briefing room and told no availability, known as a "pool spray," would occur.

Reporters typically have the chance to ask questions of Trump that are unrelated to the event at hand during these pool sprays.

White House officials have not responded to requests for comment on Flynn's pleading guilty on Friday to lying to FBI agents about his conversations with the Russian ambassador to the U.S.

Trump's lawyer, Ty Cobb, has issued a statement stating Flynn's guilty plea does not implicate anyone in the White House.