White House staff singled out CNN’s Jim Acosta after he shouted questions at President Trump following a photo spray in the Oval Office.
Acosta shouted, “Mr. President, if there was no collusion, why does Rudy Giuliani consider there to be no crime in collusion?” “Make your way out,” a staffer yelled to all of the reporters packed in the room. The staffer then singled out Acosta, who is known for shouting questions at inappropriate times at the White House. “Let’s go. Move, Jim, let’s go. Keep going, Jim. Let’s go. Jim, we’re leaving. Come on, Jim,” the side yelled.
— Evan Rosenfeld (@Evan_Rosenfeld) July 30, 2018
Soon after the event, Acosta was on CNN complaining about getting yelled at “at the top of their lungs” by White House staff.
“I’ve noticed and my colleagues have noticed with more frequency in these sort of Oval Office opportunities, the wranglers, the aides that work with the president are nearly shouting at the top of their lungs to make sure the president’s questions — the questions from the reporters can’t be heard,” Acosta lamented, “I had an aide next to my ear nearly screaming within the last several minutes when the president was with the Italian president in the Oval Office but it’s an example of just how hard they are trying to keep reporters from asking the president questions.”