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Kayleigh McEnany tells CNN’s Kaitlan Collins, ‘I don’t call on activists,’ at end of White House press briefing

White House Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany speaks during Friday's briefing at the White House. Susan Walsh / AP

Friday’s White House press briefing ended with a tense exchange between Trump Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany and Kaitlan Collins, a CNN White House correspondent.

“I don’t call on activists,” McEnany said before she left the lectern, a comment apparently directed at Collins.

“I’m not an activist and you hadn’t taken questions since Oct. 1 and you just took about five, Kayleigh,” Collins responded as McEnany walked out of the room.

“That’s not doing your job, your taxpayer-funded job,” she added.

Collins later followed up on Twitter: “It’s understandable why someone who hasn’t done their job — taking questions from reporters — in weeks would confuse someone else doing theirs with activism.”

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