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CNN anchor Jake Tapper was not happy with his producers on Tuesday for showing video of former President Donald Trump meeting with supporters after being arraigned in federal court.
Upon leaving federal court, Trump stopped by the famed Cuban restaurant Versailles in Miami. While there, Trump met with religious leaders and supporters. At one point, the group sang "Happy Birthday" because Trump's 77th birthday is Wednesday.
"And as we watch Donald Trump attempt to turn his arrest and indictment into some sort of campaign commercial, we need to remember that the reason we are watching this is because Donald Trump is accused of breaking some very serious national security laws and then obstructing and refusing to cooperate with the FBI," Tapper said as CNN aired footage of Trump smiling and taking photos with supporters.
After commentary from legal analyst Elie Honig, Tapper rebuked CNN producers for continuing to show the footage.
"The folks in the control room, I don't need to see any more of that!" Tapper said. "He's trying to turn this into a spectacle, a campaign ad. That's enough of that! We've seen it already."
\u201cJake Tapper asks the CNN control room to stop running footage of Trump visiting a Miami cafe right after his arraignment.\n\n"I don\u2019t need to see any more of that. He\u2019s trying to turn it into a spectacle and into a campaign ad. That is enough of that. We\u2019ve seen it already."\u201d— Justin Baragona (@Justin Baragona) 1686687769
"We're not carrying his remarks live because, frankly, he says a lot of things that are not true and sometimes potentially dangerous," Tapper said.
Tapper did not, however, specify what "dangerous" things Trump might say. Hee then added a disclaimer before playing remarks from the speech.
"Of course, I just want to note, he begins this — this clip we're about to show you — by making unfounded claims about the charges against him, untrue and unfounded claims about the charges against him and the people he thinks are behind it. So, I just want to preface it by saying that," Tapper said.
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Chris Enloe is a staff writer for Blaze News