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Trump Officials Have Awkward Leg-Touching Moment (Video)

| by Michael Allen

White House Chief of Staff Reince Priebus and White House senior advisor Steve Bannon shared an awkward moment at the Conservative Political Action Committee convention in National Harbor, Maryland, on Feb. 23 (video below).

The two men were being interviewed by Matt Schlapp when Bannon reached over and touched Priebus on his leg. Priebus quickly brushed Bannon's hand away, but apparently the drama didn't end there.

Olivia Becker, a reporter at Vice News, tweeted: "In case anyone's counting, Priebus has touched Bannon's leg four times during this 18 minute interview."

There have been rumors that the two men do not get along, which they denied during the interview, reports USA Today.

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"In regard to us two, I think the biggest misconception is everything that you're reading," Priebus, the former head of the Republican National Committee, stated.

Bannon, the former editor of Breitbart News, often referred to the media as "the opposition party" that is "always wrong."

Schlapp told the men at one point: "[Y]ou guys have been so sort of kumbaya here."

Education Secretary Betsy DeVos also appeared at CPAC, where she expressed support for the Trump administration's removal of legal protections for transgender students that were instituted by the Obama administration, reports The Hill.

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"This issue was a very huge example of the Obama administration's overreach, to suggest [a] one-size-fits-all, federal government approach," DeVos told the audience.

The Hill notes that DeVos originally opposed the rollback of legal protections for transgender students, which contradicted Attorney General Jeff Sessions.

"I have made it clear from the moment I’ve been in this job that it’s our job to protect students and to do that to the fullest extent we can," DeVos told CPAC.

DeVos asserted that she wants "to provide students, parents and teachers with more flexibility around how education is delivered," but added: "The role of the federal government should be as light a touch as possible."

Sources: Olivia Becker/Twitter, USA Today, The Hill / Photo Credit: Don Irvine/Flickr

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