Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders fired back at CNN White House correspondent Jim Acosta during a Wednesday press briefing, putting him in his place and calling his tone “completely unnecessary.”
When discussing Trump’s nominee for the Veterans Affairs Secretary, Sanders accused Acosta of taking a statement about the nominee “out of context,” reports the Daily Wire.
“Let me just follow up, if I can,” Acosta said. “Since you brought up being taken out of context, it seems to be a press-related question. Are you trying to say this administration is a champion of a free press?”
Sanders responded by saying, “I certainly think, as I stated a moment ago, we support a free press but we are also for a fair press and I think that those things should go hand in hand, and there’s a certain responsibility by the press to report accurate information. I think a number of people…”
“Is there a responsibility on the part of the president?” Acosta questioned, interrupting Sanders’ reply.
“I’m not finished,” Sanders fired back at Acosta. “I think a number of people in this room do this every single day. They do their best every day to provide fair and accurate information, certainly support that.
“And that’s one of the reasons I’m standing here taking your questions and a lot of times taking your questions — in a tone that’s completely unnecessary, unneeded, and frankly doesn’t help further the conversation or help the American people get any more information in a better way, which is your job and my job, and that’s what I’m trying to do. I’m going to move on,” she continued.
As Sanders moved on to answer another reporter’s question, Acosta protested, trying to continue the conversation.
Sanders shut him down, ending the exchange.
“Jim, I’m finished with you. Thank you,” she said.