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Thursday in an interview with TMZ, Rep. Gerry Connolly (D-VA ) said President Donald Trump “set up” his press briefing confrontation with CNN White House correspondent Jim Acosta. Partial transcript as follows: TMZ: Do you think he’s going to have a better relationship with, at least, reporters? CONNOLLY: I would not argue that he’s going to have a better relationship with reporters, given the fact that he pulled Jim Acosta’s White House press credentials yesterday, in a kind of a staged set-up. TMZ: Okay. CONNOLLY: It was kind of a disgusting scene. So I think it raises very worrying questions about any respect at all he has for the free press and the role of the free press in a democratic society. TMZ: One last thing, you say staged. Do you think he came in to distract? CONNOLLY: I believe they had an intern deliberately set up Jim Acosta. Follow Pam Key on Twitter @pamkeyNEN