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Dem Rep. Connolly: WH ‘Staged’ Trump’s Confrontation With CNN’s Acosta, ‘Intern Deliberately Set Up Jim’

Thursday in an interview with TMZ, Rep. Gerry Connolly (D-VA ) said President Donald Trump “set up” his press briefing confrontation with CNN White House correspondent Jim Acosta.

Partial transcript as follows:

TMZ: Do you think he’s going to have a better relationship with, at least, reporters?

CONNOLLY: I would not argue that he’s going to have a better relationship with reporters, given the fact that he pulled Jim Acosta’s White House press credentials yesterday, in a kind of a staged set-up.

TMZ: Okay.

CONNOLLY: It was kind of a disgusting scene. So I think it raises very worrying questions about any respect at all he has for the free press and the role of the free press in a democratic society.

TMZ: One last thing, you say staged. Do you think he came in to distract?

CONNOLLY: I believe they had an intern deliberately set up Jim Acosta.

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