While appearing on Fox Business, Rep. [score]Randy Weber[/score], R-Texas, said CNN operative Jim Acosta should be fired and banned from future White House press conferences.
The CNN reporter who was disruptive to the press briefing, & disrespectful to Trump-should be fired & prohibited from any press briefings.
— Randy Weber (@TXRandy14) January 12, 2017
According to Mediaite:
Texas Republican Congressman Randy Weber demanded that CNN fire reporter Jim Acosta for shouting a question at Donald Trump during his Wednesday press conference.
But Acosta did much more than just shout a question at Trump — he repeatedly interrupted the President-elect and demanded over and over again that Trump take his question. His behavior was so appalling that Trump had to scold him like a petulant child, eventually declaring CNN to be “fake news.”
Acosta drew the ire of Trump supporters when he and and Trump got in an argument during the press conference, after Trump denounced CNN and then refused to take Acosta’s questions. After the exchange, Acosta was pulled aside by Trump press secretary Sean Spicer and told he’d be kicked out of the press conference if he ever tried it again.
Weber has a history of penning controversial tweets. “Even Adolph Hitler thought it more important than Obama to get to Paris,” he tweeted in 2015 when the president couldn’t make a peace rally following the Paris terror attacks.
Here’s video of the interview:
According to The Hill:
After the press conference, Acosta said on air that he knew at the beginning CNN likely wouldn’t get to ask a question. He said Trump had initially pointed to him but then gestured with a wave that signaled he wouldn’t call on him for a question.
“I felt it was only fair that if our news organization is going to be attacked, that we get a chance to ask a follow-up question about what Donald Trump was talking about,” Acosta said.
Weber, who represents Texas’s 14th Congressional District, supported Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) for president until he dropped out of the primary race in April.
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