‘It’s a Sort of Stupefying Thing’: CNN’s Jim Acosta on Trump Not Withdrawing ‘False’ Wiretap Claim

Following a combative and highly charged White House press briefing, CNN correspondent Jim Acosta spoke with anchor Jake Tapper about his own contentious exchange with White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer this afternoon. During the briefing, Acosta pressed Spicer over the press sec citing a number of media reports that President Donald Trump purportedly based his explosive tweets accusing former President Barack Obama of wiretapping Trump Tower prior to the election. (Spicer was confronted by reporters today in the wake of a Senate Intelligence Committee statement announcing that there’s no evidence backing Trump’s claim.) “You and I both know they have broadened the definition of wiretapping in the days since the president put out that baseless tweet to include all forms of surveillance because the original tweet is a false claim,” Acosta told Tapper. “It’s a falsehood.” Highlighting that there was a lot skepticism in the press room, especially since the White House is tiptoeing around the issue, Acosta noted that reporters are just trying to get an answer. “It is a sort of stupefying thing to watch, Jake,” he explained. “The fact the president will not come out and withdraw this accusation. He made a false accusation aimed at the former President Barack Obama that he was wiretapped over at Trump Tower.” He further remarked that it is like “pulling teeth” to get the president to do this. In the end, Acosta acknowledged why we aren’t going to see an apology or withdrawal from Trump. “Donald Trump just does not admit when he’s wrong,” Acosta stated. “He just doesn’t do it, and I can’t imagine he’s going to do it here. But he was clearly wrong to accuse the president, Barack Obama, of wiretapping him at Trump Tower.” Watch the clip above, via CNN. [image via screengrab] —— Follow Justin Baragona on Twitter: @justinbaragona

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