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Reporter forcibly removed from Trump, Putin presser in Helsinki

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A reporter was forcibly removed from the President Trump and Vladimir Putin presser in Helsinki, Finland Monday morning after he reportedly brought a sign into the meeting.

The journalist, identified by CNBC as Sam Husseini, an op-ed reporter with progressive publication The Nation, was initially asked by security to exit the press room, and he obliged, according to CNN.

When he was brought back into the room to retrieve his things, he reportedly claimed he got the boot because of a sign that talked about the nuclear test ban treaty. CNBC reports the sign — which read “Nuclear Weapon Ban Treaty” — was deemed a “malicious item” by Russian authorities.

Husseini held the sign up upon his return and was quickly flanked by a team of security guards and forcibly removed from the room.

CNN video shows the reporter was grabbed around the waist and pulled out by a team of three guards just before Trump and Putin took questions from the press.

The ousting comes as more than 300 billboards along the route of the airport to the summit in Helsinki blared the message, “Mr. President, Welcome to the land of free press” and “Trump calls media enemy of the people,” courtesy of Finnish newspaper Helsingin Sanomat.

President Trump has long declared his disdain for the press, and on Sunday, again claimed that “much of our news media indeed the enemy of the people” on Twitter. a man wearing a suit and tie © BRENDAN SMIALOWSKI / AFP/Getty Images

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