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CNN appeared to bury the lede by sounding the alarm oh the "large crowd" and "little social distancing" at the White House event commemorating the historic peace deal between Israel, United Arab Emirates (UAE), and Bahrain.
On Tuesday, President Trump was joined by Israeli President Benjamin Netanyahu, UAE Foreign Minister Abdullah bin Zayed al-Nahyan, and Bahrain Foreign Minister Khalid bin Ahmed Al Khalif to sign the Abraham Accords, something the president hailed as the "dawn of a new Middle East."
However, CNN's coverage of the event was less focused on the groundbreaking peace agreement and instead shamed the White House for holding such an event amid a pandemic.
During the network's 3 p.m. program, CNN anchor Brooke Baldwin accused the president of "denying the science" of coronavirus, citing the over 195,000 deaths and the over 6.5 million cases in the U. S." She later negatively emphasized the "hundreds" of people that attended the outdoor White House event and knocked the president for holding a "packed" indoor campaign event in Arizona.
Baldwin highlighted that these events have taken place following the released recordings of Trump's interviews with Bob Woodward, who in the early months of the pandemic spoke about the dangers of the virus with the veteran journalist while striking a different tone publicly at the time.
She then turned it to CNN White House correspondent Kaitlan Collins, who was accompanied by an on-air graphic that read, "TRUMP HOLDS WHITE HOUSE EVENT WITH LARGE CROWD, LITTLE SOCIAL DISTANCING."
Collins reported that there were "more masks at this event" than previous ones but credited "foreign delegations" who "wanted to adhere to stricter protocols." She noted that many top officials who attended the event were seen not wearing masks including Attorney General William Barr, Education Secretary Betsy DeVos, and coronavirus task force member Dr. Scott Atlas.
She went on to compare Israel's handling of the outbreak, which is relaunching a nationwide lockdown due to a resurgence of the virus requiring Israelis to stay within 1,500 feet of their house, stressing that the rules are "much different" for President Trump and his administration.
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