President Trump went after CNN White House correspondent Kaitlan Collins on Monday, calling her a “CNN Faker!” in a tweet that included a video shared by Eric Trump showing the reporter removing her mask while exiting the White House briefing room after a press conference ended on Friday.
“A CNN Faker!” President Trump tweeted in response.
Collins shot back by pointing out the death toll in the U.S. as a result of the coronavirus pandemic.
“Nearly 90,000 Americans have been killed by coronavirus, and the president is tweeting about me pulling my mask down for six seconds on Friday,” Collins said in a tweet that tallied nearly 57,000 likes as of Monday morning.
Earlier Friday, Collins asked the president why some administration officials at a Rose Garden briefing were not wearing masks.
“We’ve all been tested and we are quite a distance away and we are outdoors, so I told them, I gave them the option, they could wear it or not,” President Trump replied. “So you can blame it on me, but I gave them the option. We could wear it or not.”
Here’s the Twitter exchange:
A CNN Faker! https://t.co/boSTXeIWcU
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) May 17, 2020
Nearly 90,000 Americans have been killed by coronavirus, and the president is tweeting about me pulling my mask down for six seconds on Friday. https://t.co/UYib8tS7pO
— Kaitlan Collins (@kaitlancollins) May 18, 2020
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