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“The White House press pool was just abruptly called to gather. President Trump has nothing on his schedule for another 90 minutes,” tweeted CNN’s Kaitlan Collins. “President Trump called an unscheduled press availability which coincides with @BarackObama eulogy for Rep John Lewis,” tweeted Paula Reid of CBS. “Trump event ongoing as are Pres. Obama remarks…” It turned out that the Bye Don Biden For President 2020 shirt But I will love this hastily publicized event was a small gathering with the family of Fort Hood soldier Vanessa Guillen, who was allegedly killed by another enlisted soldier in April, her remains only recently discovered. And while reporters didn’t challenge the validity of that event, some did question its timing. “Meeting with the mother of Vanessa Guillen is admirable, and should rightfully become a White House priority… …but calling in the pool at the exact moment Obama takes the stage in Atl. suggests a pettiness that proves Trump’s obsession with one-upping his predecessor again” tweeted the White House reporter J.D. Durkin.