Sarah Sanders roasted CNN’s Jim Acosta with a blazing reality check about his network and President Trump’s TV viewing habits.
During Thursday’s White House press briefing, Acosta questioned the White House press secretary about a tweet from the president apparently in response to a segment from Fox News Channel’s “Fox & Friends.”
Sarah Sanders: I’m sure you’re disappointed that he’s [@POTUS] not watching CNN.
Jim Acosta: I think he watches a lot of CNN if you don’t mind me saying.
Sarah Sanders: Ehhh, I don’t think that’s true. Your numbers would be higher. pic.twitter.com/z7u3lze2vv
— Kyle Morris (@RealKyleMorris) January 11, 2018
“There seems to be a pattern, and correct me if I’m wrong and there is no pattern,” the CNN anchor began, “where the president watches something on ‘Fox and Friends’ and then he tweets about it.”
Acosta noted that Trump’s tweet casting doubt on FISA warrants despite the administration’s stand in support of the domestic surveillance program followed a sentiment aired in a segment on the Fox News morning show. The president had to post another tweet a short time later to clarify his actual position ahead of a midday vote on Capitol Hill to reauthorize the policy.
“There’ve been folks out there that have said there’s a cause and effect,” Acosta continued in Thursday’s press briefing, again pointing to Trump’s Fox News viewing habits. “Is that what happened this morning and does that go on?”
“I’m sure you are disappointed he’s not watching CNN,” Sanders responded.
“I think he watches a lot of CNN if you don’t mind me saying it,” Acosta replied defensively.
“I don’t think that’s true,” Sanders shot back. “Your numbers would be higher.”
Groans and a collective “oooh” came from reporters in the room.
“They’re actually better than they’ve been in a long time,” Acosta said, smiling.
Sanders went on to answer Acosta, saying Trump has a “great deal of understanding” about FISA and had issued a presidential memo on it. The House passed the six-year proposal to reauthorize the surveillance program later in the day.
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