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CNN abruptly takes Trump campaign spokeswoman off the air mid-interview as network is set to host first presidential debate

CNN abruptly cut Trump campaign spokeswoman Karoline Leavitt from the air Monday morning — just days before the network is set to host the first presidential debate between her boss and President Joe Biden.

Anchor Kasie Hunt pulled the plug just minutes after the interview got underway after asking Leavitt what former President Donald Trump’s strategy was for when he takes to the stage in Atlanta, Ga. on Thursday.

“President Trump is well prepared ahead of Thursday’s debates. Unlike Joe Biden, he doesn’t have to hide away and have his advisors tell him what to say. President Trump knows what he wants to say,” Leavitt started.

The spokeswoman then noted the debate stage would likely be a “hostile environment” for her boss – and accused CNN’s debate moderators, co-hosts Jake Tapper and Dana Bash, of biased coverage of him in the past.

“That’s why President Trump is knowingly going into a hostile environment on this very network on CNN with debate moderators who have made their opinions about him very well-known over the past eight years in their biased coverage of him,” she said.

Hunt immediately fired back that her colleagues were “professionals” before playing a slew of prepared clips showing the former president’s past comments about what he’s expecting to face from moderators.

When Leavitt tried to speak up and note that she was “stating facts that your colleagues have said in the past,” Hunt repeatedly drowned her out.

“Ma’am, we’re going to stop right there if you’re going to keep attacking my colleagues,” Hunt said. “I would like to talk about Joe Biden and Donald Trump, who you work for.”

“I’m sorry guys … Karoline thank you very much for your time. You’re welcome to come back at any time,” Hunt suddenly declared.

“She is welcome to come back and speak about Donald Trump. Donald Trump will have equal time to Joe Biden when they both join us … later this week in Atlanta for this debate.”

Hunt later defended the move, writing on X, “You come on my show, you respect my colleagues. Period. I don’t care what side of the aisle you stand on, as my track record clearly shows.”

In a statement provided to The Post Monday, Leavitt said the on-air snub proves that the presumptive GOP nominee “will not be treated fairly” in the upcoming debate.

“CNN cutting off my microphone for bringing up a debate moderator’s history of anti-Trump lies just proves our point that President Trump will not be treated fairly in Thursday’s debate,” Leavitt said.

In a statement provided to The Post Monday, Leavitt said the on-air snub proves that the presumptive GOP nominee “will not be treated fairly” in the upcoming debate.

“Yet President Trump is still willing to go into this 3-1 fight to bring his winning message to the American people, and he will win.”

The saga unfolded ahead of Thursday’s CNN-hosted debate between Biden and Trump.

The 90-minute showdown – a rematch from the 2020 president election — will be moderated by Tapper and Bash.


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