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Trump Ends Press Conference After CNN Reporter Kaitlan Collins Repeatedly Interrupts
WASHINGTON, DC - MAY 11: U.S. President Donald Trump speaks during a press briefing about coronavirus testing in the Rose Garden of the White House on May 11, 2020 in Washington, DC. Several White House staff members and aides have recently tested positive for the coronavirus and three top health officials from the White House coronavirus task force are now self-quarantining after potential exposure.
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President Donald Trump ended the White House Coronavirus Task Force press conference on Monday after a CNN reporter repeatedly interrupted the president as he tried calling on another reporter.

Trump called on Collins, who apparently did not immediately respond to being called on so Trump called on another reporter.

“OK, anybody else?” Trump said to another reporter. “Please, go ahead in the back, please.”

After Trump called on the other reporter, Collins interrupted, “I have two questions.”

“No, it’s okay,” Trump responded.

“But you pointed to me,” Collins complained. “I have two questions.”

“Next,” Trump signaled to the other reporter. “Next, please.”

“But, you did, you called on me,” Collins stammered.

“I did and you didn’t respond and now I’m calling on the young lady in the back, please” Trump continued.

Collins continued to rudely interrupt the press conference at which point Trump announced that the news conference was over: “Okay, ladies and gentleman, thank you very much. I appreciate it. Thank you very much.”


Collins has a history of making the press conferences about herself through her often combative approach in interacting with the president which is about creating conflict rather than getting relevant information from the administration.

A couple of weeks ago, Collins had a similar exchange with Trump:

After Trump answered a question from Collins about the situation regarding North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un, Collins repeatedly interrupted the president as he tried to call on other reporters.

“So can I ask you a question?” Collins shouted.

“No, that’s enough,” Trump responded. “No, that’s enough.”

“But that wasn’t my question,” Collins continued.

“The problem is you don’t like the trust, so as far as I’m concerned I want to go to the next person,” Trump responded.

Collins continued to repeatedly continued to rudely interrupt the press briefing until Trump shutdown the reporter, saying, “CNN is fake news. Don’t talk to me.”

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