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JULY 27, 2018

     Good move against fake news. The White House banned a CNN reporter from attending a press event with President Donald Trump on Wednesday after she asked him questions about his former lawyer Michael Cohen and Russian President Vladimir Putin. Why? There is not reason for such questions at this meeting. The cable networks's White House reporter Kaitlan Collins had served as the "pool reporter" during an Oval Office photo op with President Trump and European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker on Wednesday, meaning she was asking questions on behalf of several news organizations. As the president sat for pictures, Collins tossed out a few questions in hopes that Trump might answer.  Fooliah!

     Major networks trade the duty of serving as the television "pool reporter," and it is typical that this person attempt to ask the president questions. Trump is known to sometimes answer, and it is oftentimes reporters' only opportunity to ask him questions.  The White House apparently did not like her line of questioning.  They made no sense. "After posing questions to President Trump earlier in the day as the network pool reporter, Collins was told by White House deputy chief of staff for communications Bill Shine and press secretary Sarah Sanders that her questions were 'inappropriate,'" CNN said in a statement. Collins' four questions centered on Trump's relationship with his former longtime lawyer Cohen and an invitation he extended to President Putin.

     "Did Michael Cohen betray you, Mr. President?" she asked twice, between the whir and clicks of cameras taking photos. "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? Why is Vladimir Putin not accepting your invitation, Mr. President?" After Collins asked the questions, however, she was told by Shine and Sanders that she would not be allowed to attend an open press event in the White House Rose Garden.  Good!

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