CNN’s White House correspondent took the time to brag on-air Wednesday that he still has his White House press credentials after Trump made a broad threat to revoke credentials from the “fake news.”
Acosta went on-air to assure the hundreds of viewers watching daytime CNN that his credentials were intact. The president said Wednesday in a tweet that “The Fake News is working overtime,” and cited a study that found 91 percent of broadcast news about Trump is negative. “Why do we work so hard in working with the media when it is corrupt?” Trump said, “Take away credentials?”
The combative and often clownish Acosta was asked by Wolf Blitzer what the “reaction” has been to Trump’s tweet.
Acosta chirped, “I still have my credentials with me. I just swiped them at the White House just a few moments ago, they worked fine. Some of these are empty threats.”
“We heard these from the president and the Trump campaign manager in recent weeks,” Acosta continued, referring to Trump’s 2020 campaign manager Brad Parscale also calling for Acosta’s credentials after he yelled at the president while he was coloring with children and his family at this year’s Easter Egg Roll.
Acosta called Trumps’ “threat” an “unconscionable assault on our First Amendment.”
Wolf said, “Thank you very much. Glad you still have your credentials over there.”