A drive-by sniping from CNN’s Jim Acosta caused Former White House adviser Sebastian Gorka to launch a loud, verbal barrage Thursday at the White House.
Multiple witnesses were aghast when they say Acosta saw Gorka, who just debuted his SALEM Radio Network show “America First,” and told him bluntly that media-related meetings with the president were for “real journalists” only. Gorka proceeded to berate Acosta at a high volume.
Gorka told The Daily Caller that the altercation had occurred earlier in the day as he waited for a meeting with President Donald Trump.
“I was waiting inside the entrance of the Briefing Room for a private meeting with the president,” Gorka told The Daily Caller.
Acosta walked in then, according to Gorka, touched his arm and said “Why are you here? This place is for journalists only,” then walked away. He also noted that the incident occurred in front of fellow SALEM host Mike Gallagher and Sirius Patriot XM host David Webb — and explained that, although they had been in the same building on several occasions, he and Acosta had never officially met prior to this incident.
Wow! Unbelievably NASTY decorum in White House Press Briefing room! @Acosta walks by new radio show host @SebGorka and says to him: “Why are you here? This place is for journalists only.” Really Jim? And #FakeNewsers too? Welcome to the press room, Seb!
— John Fredericks (@jfradioshow) January 17, 2019
“For the next 40 minutes, he hid in the back and didn’t come out as I was right by the exit, until I went to the Oval Office,” Gorka told TheDC, adding, “Jim Acosta is actually worse than anyone imagined. He’s definitely not a journalist, and he is clearly a cowering coward. I just feel sorry for anyone who is in the White House pool with him and know he is hated by all the actual journalists in the White House.”
The Daily Caller’s Vince Coglianese, who was also at the White House at the time, confirmed that the altercation did, in fact, occur. He added, “The whole room went silent as Gorka chewed [Acosta] out.”
Webb also confirmed the report, saying “I was right next to Sebastian and he reported accurately what Acosta said. Acosta was serious and condescending.”
— David Webb (@davidwebbshow) January 18, 2019
Gallagher invited Gorka to tell the story Friday morning on his daily radio show. As he introduced Gorka, he told a very similar story.
[Acosta] looks at Dr. Gorka, puts a hand on his arm, and says “you don’t belong here, this room is for journalists.”
And then he walks away, like a hit and run. At first I thought maybe they were friends, in a weird way, but then I looked at Jim Acosta and he was serious. He was trying to humiliate Gorka.
You haven’t lived until you’ve heard Gorka bellow, “ABILIO!” in the briefing room.
CNN had not responded to requests for comment at the time of publication.