White House correspondent touts network’s ‘truthful reporting’
Chief White House correspondent for CNN, Jim Acosta, sparred with President Donald Trump on Tuesday, claiming his network’s record on “delivering the truth” is “sometimes a lot better” than the president’s.
The exchange came in New Delhi, India, when the anchor asked if the president would promise to reject any foreign interference in the upcoming presidential campaign.
“First of all, I want no help from any country, and I haven’t been given help from any country,” Trump replied.
“And if you see what CNN, your wonderful network, said, I guess they apologized in a way for — didn’t they apologize for the fact that they said certain things that weren’t true? Tell me, what was their apology yesterday? What did they say?”
Acosta responded to Trump without answering his question:
“Mr. President, I think our record on delivering the truth is a lot better than yours sometimes.”
“Let me tell you about your record, your record is so bad you ought to be ashamed of yourself,” Trump fired back.
“You have the worst record in the history of broadcasting.”
“I’m not ashamed of anything, and our organization is not ashamed,” answered Acosta.
Trump was referring to CNN’s report alleging Russia was actively assisting the Trump reelection effort.
Following the report, several news outlets pushed back on the story.
Acosta and Trump have been known to clash with each other in the past.
Trump: “Didn’t (CNN) apologize yesterday for saying things that weren’t true?
Acosta: “Mr. President, I think our record of delivering the truth is a lot better than yours sometimes.” pic.twitter.com/hB0uusLAOo
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In 2018, the White House suspended Acosta’s press pass following a confrontational and disrespectful exchange with Trump after he refused to give up the microphone.
Acosta scuffled with a female intern who attempted to take the microphone back from him.
“President Trump believes in a free press and expects and welcomes tough questions of him and his Administration. We will, however, never tolerate a reporter placing his hands on a young woman just trying to do her job as a White House intern,” White House Press Secretary Sarah announced in a statement at the time.
Last year, Acosta said America had “become a vicious, nasty country” under President Donald Trump’s leadership.
The anti-Trump White House correspondent made the remarks while promoting his book, “The Enemy of the People: A Dangerous Time to Tell the Truth in America.”
“I think we also have to take stock of what we’re doing at home, what we’re doing in our communities, what’s happening in our daily lives that is contributing to this culture of just viciousness,” Acosta said.