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EXCLUSIVE: Fallout erupts over White House banning CNN reporter

Massive fallout has erupted over the White House’s decision to ban CNN reporter Kaitlan Collins from an event in the Rose Garden Wednesday afternoon, after she repeatedly shouted a question at President Trump during a photo-op in the Oval Office with European Union (EU) Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker.

As reporters were being asked to leave the room, Collins raised her voice and asked additional questions of Trump. The Hill reported on Collin’s questions as follows:

She asked, “Did Michael Cohen betray you, Mr. President?” and repeated the question once, according to CNN.

She then asked, “Mr. President, are you worried about what Michael Cohen is about to say to the prosecutors? Are you worried about what is on the other tapes, Mr. President?”

When Trump didn’t respond, Collins asked, “Why is Vladimir Putin not accepting your invitation, Mr. President?”

Trump reportedly ignored the questions and said, “Thank you very much, everybody” to the press pool.

White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders and deputy chief of staff for communications Bill Shine told Collins her questions were inappropriate, and she was therefore banned from attending the next event in the Rose Garden.

Collins later tweeted that the statement from John Bolton announcing that the next meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin was delayed until next year came after she had asked her question of Trump.

Outraged has poured in on Twitter over Collins being banned.

CNN Reporter Jim Acosta, who has often clashed with Trump, tweeted that this is “a new low for the White House.”

Democratic Congressman Jim McGovern (Mass.) tweeted, “Wannabe tyrant Donald Trump is banning reporters he doesn’t like from official press events. Journalists like @kaitlancollins ask questions not just for their news outlet, but on behalf of all Americans. Shutting them out is a slap in the face to our democracy.”

High profile attorney Lisa Bloom weighed in, tweeting, “I think this is a clear First Amendment violation, if CNN chose to challenge it. POTUS cannot punish a reporter because he doesn’t like her challenging questions.”

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