President Trump apparently has a new ally in his long-standing feud with the "fake news" media.
A CNN reporter chased away a raccoon that was scurrying towards him on the north lawn of the White House when it was about to go live on Wednesday before dawn.
Alisyn Camerota, the co-host of CNN's early morning program New Day, posted a funny outtake in which Joe Johns was visibly irritated by the cunning creature.
"Get!" Johns yells at the menacing raccoon as he prepares to report from the White House.
Joe Johns, a White House correspondent for CNN, was about to report live from the air from North Lawn early Wednesday morning when he was threatened by a raccoon
"Get!" Johns yells at the menacing raccoon as he prepares to report from the White House
"There it is!" Says Johns in reference to the raccoon. The correspondent then threw an unknown object at the animal before uttering a scream
Johns tweeted on Wednesday that he was victimized again by a raccoon while preparing to go on TV
"There it is!" Says Johns in reference to the raccoon. The correspondent then threw an unknown object at the animal before uttering a scream.
In another clip, Johns takes out his frustration after the raccoon apparently reappeared.
"Fr *** n" raccoons, man, "he says.
“Again God. This is the second time. Jesus. & # 39;
Then he goes on to the lawn to drive the animal away.
"It always happens right when I go on TV."
The secret service was out on the White House grounds early Wednesday to catch the furry animal
Johns has received praise from his colleagues for working under difficult circumstances.
"This is a consummate professional, Joe Johns," Camerota tweeted on Wednesday.
“Seconds before his New Day Live shot, he fends off a raccoon attack!
"Just another day in the crazy news cycle."
Camerota ended the tweet with the hashtags #behindthescenes, #whitehouseraccoon and #wildlife.
Johns tweeted on Wednesday that he was victim again to a raccoon as he prepared to go on TV.
"So it's the second time in two weeks that a raccoon shows up shortly after the new day opens," tweeted Johns.
"I think they are attracted to the lights. No animals were injured."
"I threw something to scare it off."
Johns is one of at least three White House correspondents who have reported being molested by raccoons in the past few days.
NBC News’s Peter Alexander said he was told they were a "raccoon family", one of whom "ran under my legs just before I recorded the Today Show live [Tuesday]."
Last Monday, CBS News White House correspondent Paula Reid reported that raccoons attacked several journalists on the North Lawn
White House staff were asked to address the issue after the raccoons' behavior was described as "aggressive".
As part of an effort to control raccoons, White House staff set traps using marshmallows as bait
Last week, Paula Reid, a White House correspondent for CBS News, reported that a raccoon attacked several journalists on the North Lawn.
"High Pawnee sentiment in the White House this morning when a raccoon attacked multiple news crews on North Lawn," Reid tweeted on Sept. 28, referring to the fictional town of Pawnee from the hit sitcom Parks and Recreation.
In one of the series' most popular episodes, Pawnee was overrun by raccoons and possums.
According to Reid, a raccoon "allegedly grabbed the pant leg of a photographer and then a correspondent before being repulsed."
Reid then posted photos of a trap set by White House staff.
"Feds use marshmallows as bait," Reid tweeted.
On social media, Twitter users laughed at the raccoons and jokingly speculated that they were sent by the president to harass the news media
A Twitter user noted that rabies "is the less dangerous disease on the premises" – a clue to the coronavirus outbreak reported by both White House staff and the President himself
Another Twitter user joked that the raccoon was "Melania in disguise trying to claw her way out of the White House."
Another Twitter user noted that the raccoons were a punishment for the news media's coverage of the president's tax returns
One of the traps was closed and the marshmallow was missing, but there was no sign of a raccoon.
Reid then tweeted that CBS News "spotted a raccoon roaming around this morning but has" no comment "on treats missing from the trap."
According to the Humane Society, raccoons are part of several other animals, including foxes, skunks, and bats, the main ones carrying rabies.
But the chances that a human will ever be attacked by a rabies-infested raccoon are slim.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention say only one human died after being infected with rabies, which was transmitted from a raccoon.
Raccoons infected with rabies usually die within three days of contracting the disease.
Anyone bitten by a rabid raccoon can recover with immediate treatment.
On social media, Twitter users laughed at the raccoons and jokingly speculated that they were sent by the president to harass the news media.
A Twitter user noted that rabies "is the less dangerous disease on the premises" – a clue to the coronavirus outbreak reported by both White House staff and the President himself.
Another Twitter user joked that the raccoon was First Lady Melania Trump, "in disguise trying to claw her way out of the White House."
Another Twitter user noted that the raccoons were a punishment for the news media's coverage of the president's tax returns.