During a White House press briefing on Friday, White House Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany called Kaitlan Collins, a CNN White House correspondent, an "activist" after the reporter tried asking her a question. 

After fielding several questions from other reporters, McEnany ended the briefing before coming back to the podium and calling out Collins. 

“I don’t call on activists,” McEnany said. 

Collins responded, “I am not an activist, and you didn’t take questions since October 1st and just took about five, Kayleigh. That’s not doing your job. Your taxpayer-funded job.”

McEnany’s salary is $183,000 and fully funded by taxpayers, Deadline reported. 

As Collins was speaking, McEnany quickly fled the scene without taking any more comments or questions. 

After the altercation, Collins fired back on Twitter and criticized McEnany.

“Appearing in her professional capacity, @PressSec takes only a handful of questions in her first briefing since Oct. 1. Asked why can’t call on all reporters — given it’s been so long and there are not many of us due to social distancing — she called me 'an activist.'”

In a subsequent tweet, Collins continued on and said: “It’s understandable why someone who hasn’t done their job — taking questions from reporters — in weeks would confuse someone else doing theirs with activism.”

During the press conference, McEnany defended president Trump's allegation of voter fraud, even though the president's legal battles continue to rack up losses due to lack of evidence. 

McEnany also applauded the president when asked about Trump's refusal to concede. However, Trump's negligence has interfered with the transition of power to president-elect Joe Biden. 

When asked about the transition of power, McEnany fired back and called Trump's transition in 2016 “inexcusable.”

“Let us not forget the inexcusable transition, or lack thereof, that President Trump had to endure in 2016 and for years into his presidency,” McEnany said. 

Hillary Clinton conceded in 2016 after the election results were clearly in Trump's favor. In addition, Trump praised Barack and Michelle Obama in his inaugural address and thanked them for “their gracious aid throughout this transition.”

Trump said, “Every four years, we gather on these steps to carry out the orderly and peaceful transfer of power, and we are grateful to President Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama for their gracious aid throughout this transition. They have been magnificent."

White House Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany White House Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany is pictured. Photo: GETTY IMAGES / CHIP SOMODEVILLA