As we reported Wednesday, President-elect Donald Trump refused to take a question from rude CNN hack Jim Acosta, telling him that his network is “fake news.” After that encounter, incoming White House press secretary Sean Spicer told Acosta that if he acted like that again, he would be removed, Fox News reported.
“I think Mr. Acosta owes the president-elect and frankly the entire press corps an apology for his childish and inappropriate behavior,” he told Fox News’ “Tucker Carlson Tonight.”
Here’s video of Spicer’s comments to Carlson:
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Acosta repeatedly called on Trump to let him ask a question after the president-elect disparaged reports by CNN and BuzzFeed that Russian spies have collected compromising information about him. Trump refused to call on Acosta, at one point telling him “Don’t be rude” before finally blasting CNN’s report as “fake news.”
After the press conference, Spicer said he approached Acosta and “I informed him that I thought that no one should be treated that … disrespectfully, and that if he did it again in the future, I would have him removed.”
“No one needs to be treated with that level of disrespect and rudeness,” Spicer later added.
The former Republican National Committee spokesman added that the contentious nature of Wednesday’s presser could be a preview of future briefings under a Trump administration.
Acosta told Wolf Blitzer that Spicer did, in fact, approach him.
According to Mediaite:
Minutes after the presser ended, Acosta spoke to CNN host Wolf Blitzer, explaining that he 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.”
Acosta also noted that incoming White House press secretary Sean Spicer threatened to toss him from the press conference if he interrupted again.
“After I asked and I guess demanded that we have a question,” Acosta said. “Sean Spicer, the incoming press secretary did say to me that if I were to do that again, I was going to be thrown out of this press conference.”
— Sean Spicer (@seanspicer) January 12, 2017
Spicer also called Acosta an “embarassment” to the press corps in an interview with Lou Dobbs:
Will this be a preview of the next four years? No doubt, many would love to see an operative of the Democrat-media complex (formerly known as reporters) get tossed out of a Trump press conference, especially after the biased “reporting” during the election.
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