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    Wednesday morning was atypical for CNN’s “New Day” morning show, as the network’s Joe Johns was captured on tape getting into a skirmish with a raccoon on the White House lawn right before going live on air.

    In a video tweeted by “New Day” anchor Alisyn Camerota, the network’s senior Washington correspondent can be seen attempting to shoo the approaching animal away.

    “There he is!” Johns says, before throwing an unidentified object at the animal.

    ​“Frickin' raccoons, man. God, again! This is the second time! Jesus ... It always comes around right around when I’m about to go on TV,” Johns can be heard saying, while yelling at the raccoon.

    ​This is not the first time reporters have had confrontations with raccoons on the White House lawn. CBS News White House correspondent Paula Reid reported late last month that a raccoon "attacked multiple news crews.”


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