After President-elect Donald Trump‘s press conference dust-up with CNN’s Jim Acosta, Sean Spicer, the incoming president’s press secretary said he’ll have Acosta tossed if he tries a stunt like that again.
The brouhaha developed when Acosta loudly attempted to get Trump to answer a question, although the president-elect refused to call on him.
Trump was just as loud and vehement but with one added advantage — he had the podium.
“Don’t be rude. No, I’m not going to give you a question. You are fake news,” Trump responded, calling on another reporter.
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Wednesday afternoon Acosta claimed on a CNN interview that Spicer threatened to have him thrown out of the press conference.
“At one point during this news conference, in the interest of full disclosure … after I asked and I guess demanded that we had a question, Sean Spicer, the incoming press secretary did say to me if I were to do that again, I was going to be thrown out of this press conference,” Acosta said.
Spicer later appeared on Fox Business Network’s “Lou Dobbs Tonight” and discussed Acosta’s claim.
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“Jim Acosta was inappropriate, rude and disrespectful. And he did it twice,” Spicer told Dobbs. “He did it then in the clip you showed there and he did it later… I informed him that his behavior was rude, disrespectful and inappropriate and if it happened again I would have him removed… I’ll tell you this, if I watched President Obama treated like this, if I watched President Clinton treated like this I would react the same. The office of President of the United States deserves a level of respect. And having a reporter stand up and basically yell and scream and act as inappropriately and rude as he did is a disgrace. We’re better than that.”
The incoming White House press secretary reiterated his thoughts Wednesday on Fox News Channel’s “Tucker Carlson Tonight” as well as the president-elect’s favorite medium — Twitter.
.@seanspicer: [President-elect #DonaldTrump] is not going to let dishonest members of the media have factually inaccurate stories about him pic.twitter.com/104l2iclBf
— Fox News (@FoxNews) January 12, 2017
“(Trump is) going to set the record straight, he’s not going to let dishonest members of the media have factually inaccurate stories about him, his administration or his attempts to make this country better without him responding and responding forcefully” Spicer told Carlson. “A lot of these folks in the media are used to these politicians sitting back and taking it. That’s not who Donald trump is he fights back and he wins.”
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Spicer continued, “The CNN reporter continued to harass Donald Trump so I told him he was rude and disrespectful.”
He followed up with this tweet, calling upon Acosta to apologize:
Regardless of party, @acosta behavior was rude, inappropriate and disrespectful. He owes @realDonaldTrump and his colleagues an apology https://t.co/LnTkYam8IJ
— Sean Spicer (@seanspicer) January 12, 2017
Acosta shot back:
An unfortunate statement. Sean you know that you threatened to throw me out of that news conference if I asked another question. #realnews https://t.co/T4dYXZbomd
— Jim Acosta (@Acosta) January 12, 2017
Acosta then called for a truce:
I have covered 4 presidential campaigns. Democrats and Republicans. This has never happened. Let’s deescalate, find a way to work together. https://t.co/wgNsXlwt4z
— Jim Acosta (@Acosta) January 12, 2017
The ultimate source of the dispute was CNN’s decision to run an unsubstantiated story that was unflattering to the president-elect, prompting Trump to refer to “the most trusted name in news” as a “fake news” organization during his dust-up with Acosta.
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