President Trump apparently has a new ally in his long-running feud with the ‘fake news’ media.
A CNN reporter shooed away a raccoon that was scurrying toward his direction on the North Lawn of the White House just as he was about to go live on the air before dawn on Wednesday.
Alisyn Camerota, the co-host of CNN’s early morning program New Day, posted a hilarious outtake showing Joe Johns visibly irritated by the cunning creature.
‘Get!’ Johns is seen yelling at the menacing raccoon while he prepares to report from the White House.
Joe Johns, a White House correspondent for CNN, was about to report live on the air from the North Lawn early on Wednesday morning when he was menaced by a raccoon
‘Get!’ Johns is seen yelling at the menacing raccoon while he prepares to report from the White House
‘There he is!’ Johns says, in reference to the raccoon. The correspondent then threw an unidentified object at the animal before letting out a scream
Johns on Wednesday tweeted that he was once again victimized by a raccoon while preparing to go on television
‘There he is!’ Johns says, in reference to the raccoon. The correspondent then threw an unidentified object at the animal before letting out a scream.
In another clip, Johns lets out his frustration after the raccoon apparently re-emerges.
‘Fr***n’ raccoons, man,’ he says.
‘God, again. That’s the second time. Jesus.’
He then walks further toward the lawn to try and chase the animal away.
‘It always comes around right about when I’m gonna go on TV.’
The Secret Service early on Wednesday was out on the White House grounds trying to catch the furry critter
Johns was praised by his colleagues for working under difficult circumstances.
‘This is what a consummate professional Joe Johns is,’ Camerota tweeted on Wednesday.
‘Seconds before his New Day live shot, he fends off a raccoon attack!
‘Just another day in the nutty news cycle.’
Camerota ended the tweet with the hashtags #behindthescenes, #whitehouseraccoon, and #wildlife.
Johns on Wednesday tweeted that he was once again victimized by a raccoon while preparing to go on television.
‘So it’s the 2d time in two weeks a raccoon has shown up shortly after the New Day open,’ Johns tweeted.
‘I think they’re attracted to the lights. No animals were harmed.’
‘I threw something to scare it off.’
Johns is one of at least three White House correspondents who have reported being harassed by raccoons in recent days.
Peter Alexander of NBC News reported that he was told it was a ‘family of raccoons’ - one of which ‘walked under my legs right before my Today Show live shot [on Tuesday].’