CNN’s Jim Acosta and Sarah Sanders had a tense back-and-forth at Monday’s White House press briefing.
Acosta asked about a recent comments by Rudi Gulliani where he used an example of Trump shooting Jim Comey to prove a point. Acosta asked Sanders if using the shooting language is appropriate. Sanders said bluntly, “You would have to ask Rudy Giuliani about his specific comments,” and continued, “Thankfully the president hasn’t done anything wrong, and so we feel comfortable in that.”
Acosta attempted to ask a follow up question, “If I could ask a follow-up question … ” but Sanders was not having it.
“Sorry I’m going to keep going,” she said. “Not today, Jim.”Acosta kept shouting that other reporters got follow-up questions. “No, they didn’t” Sanders said and moved on to the next question. Acosta shouted but to no avail.
After the briefing, Acosta mused on Twitter that reporters should team up on Sanders and unite when one of them does gets “cut off.” “One way to address the briefing is for reporters to stick together when the press sec cuts somebody off,” Acosta said, declaring that reporters should just stonewall Sanders as a group, “Ideally we could and should insist on answers if somebody is cut off. We don’t do that as much as we should.”
One way to address the briefing is for reporters to stick together when the press sec cuts somebody off. Ideally we could and should insist on answers if somebody is cut off. We don’t do that as much as we should. Problem is there is so little time and so many pressing q’s.
— Jim Acosta (@Acosta) June 4, 2018
Acosta said the problem with his theory is that “There is so little time and so many pressing [questions.]”