Melania's Spokeswoman Calls Out CNN Reporter Trying To Get a Quote

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Melania Trump’s spokeswoman had a sharp retort when a CNN White House reporter asked whether the first lady was watching CNN on Air Force One.

CNN’s Kate Bennett tweeted on Wednesday morning that she queried Trump spokeswoman Stephanie Grisham whether the first lady had a comment on an audio recording that aired the previous evening on CNN, in which then-candidate Donald Trump discusses a payment with his personal attorney Michael Cohen allegedly to keep a story about an affair with Playboy model Karen McDougal from being published.

“NEW: I asked @StephGrisham45 whether @FLOTUS had comment on the new Trump/Cohen tape details, and if she indeed was watching @CNN aboard Air Force One, upsetting the president, as @maggieNYT & @katierogers reported last night,” Bennett wrote.

She recounted that Grisham responded, “Did you know that every 15 minutes a baby is born with NAS? Maybe you’d like to talk about the 160,000 kids who skip school every day for fear of being bullied, or that 280,000 students are physically attacked in schools every month.”

The spokeswoman continued, “Seems kind of silly to worry about what channel she watches on TV (any channel she wants btw) or if she heard some recording on the news.”

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The New York Times reported on Tuesday that Trump was upset with his staff when “fake news” CNN was tuned in on his wife’s television on Air Force One during their trip to Europe earlier this month.

The paper stated it had obtained an internal email exchange between officials in the White House Military Office and the White House Communications Agency sent last Thursday.

The email chain communicated that going forward televisions on board Air Force One would be tuned into Fox News at the beginning of each trip.

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Times’ reporters Katie Rogers and Maggie Haberman editorialized in their piece, “The channel-flipping flap was the latest example of how Mr. Trump, at a pivotal moment in his presidency, is increasingly living in a world of selected information and bending the truth to his own narrative.”

“As his aides work to keep him insulated from the outside world, Mr. Trump is doubling down in his efforts to tell supporters to trust him over the words of critics and news reports.”

The first lady traveled to Nashville on Tuesday to visit the children’s hospital at Vanderbilt University Medical Center.

While there she engaged with patients and attended briefings about children affected by neonatal abstinence syndrome.

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The condition is caused by pre-born babies being exposed to opioids in the womb.

“We remain committed to this population – to moms and babies affected by opioids,” said Assistant Secretary for Health Admiral Brett P. Giroir at the event. “They are not often seen by the public, but they are seen by us.”

CNN has reported heavily on Trump’s alleged sexual encounters with McDougal and adult film star Stormy Daniels occurring around 2006.

In May, CNN went live to reporter Kaitlan Collins during the White House’s National Day of Prayer event to discuss the latest developments regarding payments received by adult film star Stormy Daniels from Trump’s attorney.

NewsBusters reported in the spring that CNN dedicated an inordinate amount of coverage to the Daniels controversy, including having the porn star’s attorney Michael Avenatti on the network nearly 60 times.

“In less than two months (from March 7 to April 30), Avenatti has been a guest on CNN a total of 59 times — an average of more than once per day,” according to the media watchdog group.

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Randy DeSoto has written more than 1,000 articles for The Western Journal since he joined the company in 2015. He is a graduate of West Point and Regent University School of Law. He is the author of the book "We Hold These Truths" and screenwriter of the political documentary "I Want Your Money."
Randy DeSoto is the senior staff writer for The Western Journal. He wrote and was the assistant producer of the documentary film "I Want Your Money" about the perils of Big Government, comparing the presidencies of Ronald Reagan and Barack Obama. Randy is the author of the book "We Hold These Truths," which addresses how leaders have appealed to beliefs found in the Declaration of Independence at defining moments in our nation's history. He has been published in several political sites and newspapers.

Randy graduated from the United States Military Academy at West Point with a BS in political science and Regent University School of Law with a juris doctorate.
Birthplace
Harrisburg, Pennsylvania
Nationality
American
Honors/Awards
Graduated dean's list from West Point
Education
United States Military Academy at West Point, Regent University School of Law
Books Written
We Hold These Truths
Professional Memberships
Virginia and Pennsylvania state bars
Location
Phoenix, Arizona
Languages Spoken
English
Topics of Expertise
Politics, Entertainment, Faith




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