The White House today expressed serious concern with Saudi Arabia's ban of a Jewish-American reporter from covering President Obama's upcoming trip to the Kingdom.

Michael Wilner of The Jerusalem Post’s Washington bureau is the only journalist that was denied an entry visa.

Saudi Arabia held Wilner’s application for two weeks before officially rejecting him yesterday, the day he had planned to travel there.

That rejection followed a request of behalf of Wilner from National Security Advisor Susan Rice to Saudi Ambassador Adel bin Ahmed Al-Jubeir.

Saudi Arabia, which did not explain why Wilner was banned, uses MSL Group’s Qorvis unit for PR.