Once again, Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders put grandstanding CNN White House correspondent Jim Acosta in his place, calling out his “unnecessary tone” during a press briefing on Wednesday.
The exchange started after Acosta’s hostile questioning regarding Trump’s nominee for the Veterans Affairs Secretary.
Sanders accused the CNN reporter of taking Trump’s statement about the nominee “out of context.” Acosta took umbrage to this comment and expressed his disapproval.
“Let me just follow up, if I can,” he said. “Since you brought up being taken out of context, it seems to be a press-related question. Are you trying to say this administration is a champion of a free press?”
Sanders answered, “I certainly think, as I stated a moment ago, we support a free press but we are also for a fair press and I think that those things should go hand in hand, and there’s a certainly responsibility by the press to report accurate information. I think a number of people…”
Acosta interrupted, “Is there a responsibility on the part of the president?”
“I’m not finished,” Sanders fired back. “I think a number of people in this room do this every single day. They do their best every day to provide fair and accurate information, certainly support that. And that’s one of the reasons I’m standing here taking your questions and a lot of times taking your questions — in a tone that’s completely unnecessary, unneeded, and frankly doesn’t help further the conversation or help the American people get any more information in a better way, which is your job and my job, and that’s what I’m trying to do. I’m going to move on.”
As Sanders called on another reporter, Acosta tried to protest, clamoring for attention.
“Jim, I’m finished with you. Thank you,” she said.