CNN Correspondent Hit Trump for Not Wearing a Mask, Hours Later Has No Problem Taking Her Own Off


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.

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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.

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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.

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.”

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Collins often reports on which members of the Trump administration and the coronavirus task force are wearing masks at different events.

In particular, Collins reported on Vice President Mike Pence choosing to wear a mask after he was criticized for not wearing one at the Mayo Clinic.

Collins is not the first reporter to be caught taking off her mask after an event.

Members of the media, as well as Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot, have all been caught unmasked either right before or right after media conferences.

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Erin Coates was an editor for The Western Journal for over two years before becoming a news writer. A University of Oregon graduate, Erin has conducted research in data journalism and contributed to various publications as a writer and editor.
Erin Coates was an editor for The Western Journal for over two years before becoming a news writer. She grew up in San Diego, California, proceeding to attend the University of Oregon and graduate with honors holding a degree in journalism. During her time in Oregon, Erin was an associate editor for Ethos Magazine and a freelance writer for Eugene Magazine. She has conducted research in data journalism, which has been published in the book “Data Journalism: Past, Present and Future.” Erin is an avid runner with a heart for encouraging young girls and has served as a coach for the organization Girls on the Run. As a writer and editor, Erin strives to promote social dialogue and tell the story of those around her.
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