CNN White House Correspondent Kaitlan Collins has been blasted on social media for removing her face mask following a media briefing hours after asking Trump why he was not wearing one.
During a media event in the Rose Garden on May 15, President Donald Trump and some other administration officials were not wearing masks while certain coronavirus task force members, like Dr. Anthony Fauci and Dr. Deborah Birx, were wearing them, Mediaite reported.
“Mr. President, can you just clarify, why are some of you wearing a mask and why are some of you not wearing a mask?” Collins asked.
Trump replied, “We’ve all been tested and we’re quite a distance away and we’re outdoors, so I told them, I gave them the option, they could wear it or not.”
“So you can blame it on me, but I gave them the option. We could wear it or not,” he said.
Hours after the event, White House press secretary Kayleigh McEnany held a media briefing.
Seconds after the briefing ended, Collins was seen removing her mask and walking close to other members of the media corps as she left the room.
People on Twitter were quick to call the White House correspondent out for her behavior.
“When the press conference is over and the cameras are off you take your mask off because your agenda isn’t being shown for CNN. Right @kaitlancollins?” one user tweeted.
— Shawn (@ShawnFinchum) May 16, 2020
Another user said, “Arriving in a mask, and REMAINING in a mask are two different things… apparently. It’s almost as if YOU don’t think its necessary.”
Arriving in a mask, and REMAINING in a mask are two different things… apparently. It’s almost as if YOU don’t think its necessary. pic.twitter.com/BePwj7YIE6
— STAY WOKE (@staywoke39230) May 16, 2020
Collins often reports on which members of the Trump administration and the coronavirus task force are wearing masks at different events.
Collins is not the first reporter to be caught taking off her mask after an event.
Fake News keeps asking President Trump why he’s not wearing a mask, but NEVER asks Gov Cuomo. Media now wears their masks on camera, but they rip them off as soon as they’re off camera. 100’s of pictures of them doing that. #MaskGate #MAGA pic.twitter.com/tcjb8boFSm
— MARK SIMONE (@MarkSimoneNY) May 13, 2020
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