Jim Acosta on His Clash With Trump: The President Had a ‘Truth Emergency’ Trying to Make Case for Wall


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On Friday, President Donald Trump held a press conference at the Rose Garden where he announced his plans to sign a government funding bill and declare a national emergency in order to build his wall. During the presser, the president clashed with CNN’s Jim Acosta, who at one point presented Trump with statistics that don’t support his case for a border wall and added, “I believe in facts and statistics.” Trump blew up. “You’re CNN. You’re fake news. You have an agenda. The numbers you gave are wrong,” Trump scolded. “Take a look at our federal prison population. See how many of them percentage wise are illegal aliens. Just see. Go ahead and see. It’s a fake question.” Speaking on CNN Friday night, Acosta talked about what happened in the Rose Garden earlier and how Trump was trying to get away with “alternative facts.” Host Anderson Cooper Continue reading "Jim Acosta on His Clash With Trump: The President Had a ‘Truth Emergency’ Trying to Make Case for Wall"

Trump Dismisses Jim Acosta’s ‘Manufactured Crisis’ Question: ‘You’re CNN, You’re Fake News’


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President Donald Trump and Jim Acosta, chief White House correspondent for CNN, got into another verbal clash during the press conference in the Rose Garden on Friday. Trump announced he will sign the government funding bill and declare a national emergency along the southern border. “I wonder if you could comment on this disconnect that we seem to have in this country where you are presenting information about what is happening at the border, calling it an invasion and yet there is a lot of reporting and crime data out, there is a lot of Department of Homeland Security data that shows border crossings at a near record low and shows undocumented immigrants committing crime at lower levels than native-born Americans,” Acosta explained. “You don’t really believe that. Do you really believe that?” Trump asked. “I believe in facts and statistics,” Acosta replied. “What do you say to Continue reading "Trump Dismisses Jim Acosta’s ‘Manufactured Crisis’ Question: ‘You’re CNN, You’re Fake News’"

Photographer Captures Cryptic Note on John Bolton’s Notepad During Briefing: ‘5000 Troops to Colombia’


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On Monday, the White House held its first press briefing in over a month, During that briefing, a photographer caught a note written on National Security Advisor John Bolton‘s notebook that was not visible to reporters in the room. It read: “5,000 troops to Colombia.” CNN’s Jim Acosta reported on what happened. “Wolf, we want to draw your attention to one other thing that happened at the White House briefing earlier this afternoon,” he explained. “John Bolton, the National Security Adviser, was caught on camera. A photographer took a picture of this note pad…Notice on the second line, it says ‘5,000 troops to Colombia.'” Acosta added that in just CNN’s producers were able to get a statement from the White House. Acosta continued on: “That very brief statement in response to this question about what that was all about essentially said as the president has said, all Continue reading "Photographer Captures Cryptic Note on John Bolton’s Notepad During Briefing: ‘5000 Troops to Colombia’"

CNN’s Acosta: This Was ‘One of the Biggest Tactical Defeats’ Ever for Trump


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After President Donald Trump‘s announcement on a deal to end the government shutdown, CNN’s Jim Acosta said, “This was a big cave. I think this is one of the biggest tactical defeats for the president that we’ve seen in his political life.” Acosta did note the continuing resolution only funds the government until Feb. 15, at which point this all could happen again. “He just can’t quit this wall,” he said. Acosta also found the reaction from White House officials particularly striking:
“You could see the vice president, you could see Jared Kushner, the president’s son-in-law and senior adviser, Cabinet officials, other top officials applauding as if this was some sort of victorious moment… that was just right out of Alice in Wonderland. To see the White House and people inside the White House applauding the president during one of the biggest tactical defeats, strategic defeats of his Continue reading "CNN’s Acosta: This Was ‘One of the Biggest Tactical Defeats’ Ever for Trump"

Chris Cuomo and Meghan McCain Debate Jim Acosta’s Reporting and Current State of Journalism


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The View’s Meghan McCain accused Jim Acosta of trying to become a “TV star” instead of actually reporting while debating the state of media with CNN host Chris Cuomo this afternoon. After The View began the segment by airing a Fox & Friends clip of White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders attacking Acosta without naming him, Cuomo took shots at the rival cable news network. “I’m sure that clip left out the vigorous questioning by the people on the couch of her,” Cuomo joked of the Fox & Friends hosts, who have a reputation of giving softball interviews to President Donald Trump and his allies. “Now obviously, I’m being facetious, they didn’t say anything and that’s why she goes on Fox News because she gets a pass. The administration favors that places because it’s the mothership.” McCain then mentioned how journalists at CNN have used the Trump administration to Continue reading "Chris Cuomo and Meghan McCain Debate Jim Acosta’s Reporting and Current State of Journalism"

Seb Gorka Goes Off on CNN’s Jim Acosta in White House Briefing Room: ‘You Are a D*ckhead’


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Ex-Trump administration staffer Seb Gorka apparently called CNN White House correspondent Jim Acosta a “dickhead” in a verbal clash at the White House after the reporter informed him that the press briefing room is reserved for “real journalists.” “I’m minding my own business right at the entrance of the White House briefing room,” Gorka said on talk radio host Mark Levin’s show Friday, when Acosta walked in. “He grabs me by the arm, and says ‘You shouldn’t be here, this place is for real journalists,” “In front of everybody in the press briefing,” Gorka added. The Fox News contributor and Salem Radio host, who was flanked at the White House by his colleague Mike Gallagher and Sirius Patriot XM’s David Webb, said he then responded by shouting, “Abilio ‘Jim’ Acosta, you are a dickhead!” Acosta, who is Cuban-American, goes by Jim, but his legal first name is Abilio. After Continue reading "Seb Gorka Goes Off on CNN’s Jim Acosta in White House Briefing Room: ‘You Are a D*ckhead’"

Fox News’ MediaBuzz Gets the Jim Acosta vs Kellyanne Conway Battle Right and Wrong at the Same Time


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On Sunday’s episode of FNC’s MediaBuzz, host Howard Kurtz covered the confrontation between CNN’s Jim Acosta and Trump advisor Kellyanne Conway ahead of last week’s Oval Office address by President Trump. The question at hand: whether Acosta deserved the smack from Conway for his question about honesty. Kurtz and his guests got the answer both right and wrong in just a few short minutes. Kurt’z guests for the segment were Buck Sexton, host of “The Buck Sexton Show” and Bill Press, host of “The Bill Press Show.” Both are longtime political analysts and commentators, and notably, in Press’s case, with CNN, current home to Acosta. Kurtz played the clip from the exchange, during which Kellyanne Conway called Acosta a “smart ass”, before going to the guests. Turning first to Buck Sexton, Kurtz prompted, “White House correspondent, not a commentator, saying ‘can you guarantee the president Continue reading "Fox News’ MediaBuzz Gets the Jim Acosta vs Kellyanne Conway Battle Right and Wrong at the Same Time"

Dem Senator Blasts Trump Over Shutdown: He Was Listening to ‘Very Loud Voices of Fox News’


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On Friday, Sen. Mazie Hirono spoke with CNN’s Jim Acosta, who was filling in for Wolf Blitzer, about the lingering shutdown. During the conversation,  Acosta asked Hirono about the White House’s claim that Democrats are reluctant to end the shutdown in order to help Nancy Pelosi secure speakership over the House. Acosta was referring to the fact on Friday, acting White House chief of staff Mick Mulvaney said  on Fox News that shutdown talks were stalled because Pelosi did not have the votes for speaker and thus “cannot be seen by her party as being weak on negotiating with Donald Trump.” “Are Senate Democrats ready, in fact, to strike a deal?” Acosta asked. “Are you being held up in some way?” Hirono was not buying the White House’s claims. “I’m pretty sure, [she] already has the votes. If there is somebody who knows Continue reading "Dem Senator Blasts Trump Over Shutdown: He Was Listening to ‘Very Loud Voices of Fox News’"

CNN’s Jim Acosta: Trump ‘Hates’ Mattis Exit Letter, But Hates Media Narrative That He Needs ‘Adult Daycare’ More


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Defense Secretary James Mattis‘ resignation letter to President Donald Trump was, in part, a rebuke of the President’s worldview with the acknowledgement that he should choose a DefSec who aligns more closely with his philosophy. A lot of people––including Republican lawmakers––were shellshocked by Mattis resigning, a decision following the President’s Syria withdrawal announcement. CNN’s Jim Acosta reported tonight that Trump was less than happy with the letter:
“I’m told by a source close to the White House, an advisor who advises the President occasionally, that he hates that letter… from the Defense Secretary James Mattis, but that he ‘hates’ the coverage even more, because he does not like this conventional wisdom––and we heard about it all last night after the Defense Secretary’s letter was read publicly on the air––that essentially Jim Mattis, as well as other long-serving members of this administration, people who have been in Washington for a Continue reading "CNN’s Jim Acosta: Trump ‘Hates’ Mattis Exit Letter, But Hates Media Narrative That He Needs ‘Adult Daycare’ More"

Jim Acosta: Top House Republican Reacted to Mattis Resignation By Saying ‘The Wheels May Be Coming Off’


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Washington D.C. is reeling following Thursday’s bombshell resignation of Secretary of Defense Jim Mattis. According to CNN Chief White House Correspondent Jim Acosta, a senior GOP leader on Capitol Hill believes that “the wheels may be coming off” the embattled Trump administration. In a conversation with CNN host Wolf Blitzer and reporting from the White House lawn, Acosta revealed a text he received from someone described as a “top House Republican who supports the president” and “is in a national security role up on Capitol Hill.” Acosta revealed that he received a text from this individual in response to  news of Secretary Mattis’s resignation with “the wheels may be coming off.” Acosta added that even among the President Trump’s own supporters, who “may not want to say it publicly” but there is some concern that “there is just too much chaos happening all at once over here at this White Continue reading "Jim Acosta: Top House Republican Reacted to Mattis Resignation By Saying ‘The Wheels May Be Coming Off’"

Sarah Sanders: ‘If Certain Reporters Like Jim Acosta Can’t Be Adults,’ Then CNN Should Send Someone Who Can Be


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Sarah Huckabee Sanders took another shot at CNN’s Jim Acosta tonight in an interview on Hannity with… Mike Huckabee. The White House Press Secretary’s father began the interview by asking her about the protocol for decorum being worked on after the judge’s ruling in Acosta’s favor today. Sanders said the White House supports a free press, but added that “freedom of the press doesn’t mean freedom to be disruptive, freedom to be rude, freedom to interrupt.” She claimed that they sent CNN a letter tonight laying out “what we think were some of the missteps that their reporter made at the press conference… and we expect to see a response from that.” In an interview today, the President himself said, after the ruling, if Acosta “misbehaves” they’ll throw him out again. And Sanders said they don’t want reporters to be “disruptive” and impede anyone’s ability to do their Continue reading "Sarah Sanders: ‘If Certain Reporters Like Jim Acosta Can’t Be Adults,’ Then CNN Should Send Someone Who Can Be"

Carl Bernstein: We Should Rethink Approach to WH Briefings, Trump Uses Them to Lie and ‘Manipulate the Press’


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Following CNN’s victory over the White House today, CNN political analyst Carl Bernstein said it’s perhaps time for the press to rethink how the briefings are covered. Bernstein told John Berman on AC360 tonight that President Donald Trump is a “creature of the press” and knows how to manipulate the press well:
“We need to be rethinking how we conduct these briefings and what our response is to the press conferences and briefings when the President of the United States basically uses them as an occasion to lie for agitprop and to manipulate the press. I don’t think we should necessarily be running them verbatim from beginning to end. I think it’s like giving him free airtime during the campaign. I think we need to reevaluate how we engage with the President, not get ourselves manipulated.”
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Nicolle Wallace Blasts WH Response to Acosta Victory: Suddenly They Care About ‘Decorum’?


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CNN’s Jim Acosta was victorious in his legal battle with the White House today, and both Sarah Sanders and President Donald Trump reacted by talking about the need for decorum in the White House. And Nicolle Wallace couldn’t help but be amused by that. After reading Sanders’ statement calling for decorum at the White House, Wallace and her panelists couldn’t help but laugh. “If you’re looking for one word to describe the Trump White House,” John Heilemann dryly said, “that would be it.” Wallace proceeded to show clips from the press conference where Trump clashes with Acosta, showing some of the President’s more combative and insulting moments towards reporters in the room. “Did someone say something about decorum?” she amusedly responded. Al Sharpton agreed that it’s clearly absurd on its face. You can watch above, via MSNBC. [image via screengrab]

Trump Warns Acosta After Judge’s Ruling: ‘If He Misbehaves, We’ll Throw Him Out’


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Fox News this afternoon aired an excerpt of President Donald Trump‘s big interview with Chris Wallace, in which POTUS reacted to a Federal judge’s ruling against the White House on Jim Acosta‘s press credential. Trump told Wallace it’s “not a big deal,” saying, “What they said, though, is that we have to create rules and regulations for conduct… we’re doing that, we’re going to write them up right now. It’s not a big deal. And if he misbehaves, we’ll throw him out or we’ll stop the news conference.” Wallace asked him exactly what the rules are going to be. Trump just said there are “rules of decorum” and reporters can’t keep asking questions. After knocking Acosta for shouting out, the President said, “Nobody believes in the First Amendment more than I do. And if I think somebody is acting out of sorts, I will leave. I’ll Continue reading "Trump Warns Acosta After Judge’s Ruling: ‘If He Misbehaves, We’ll Throw Him Out’"

Jim Acosta Returns to White House After Judge’s Ruling: Grateful for Colleagues Who Stood by Us


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A federal judge ruled today in favor of CNN’s Jim Acosta after the Trump administration pulled his hard pass, and a triumphant Acosta returned to the White House this afternoon. “I just want to say that I’m very grateful for what happened today,” Acosta said. “And grateful for my colleagues in the press who stood by us through all this. This was a test. And I think we passed the test.”

Trump Says White House is ‘Writing Up Rules’ on Decorum After CNN Ruling: ‘You Have to Act With Respect’


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President Donald Trump reacted Friday to a Federal Court’s ruling that the White House needs to, at least temporarily, return press credentials to CNN’s Jim Acosta. CNN scored a legal win hours ago in their lawsuit against the Trump Administration for revoking Acosta’s hard pass as punishment for his fiery encounter with the president a week ago. White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders promised that new rules and processes would be put into place for media events, saying “the court made clear that there is no absolute First Amendment right to access the White House.” When Trump was asked to respond to the lawsuit, he spoke of the need for decorum while saying the media was “treated unfairly” because of Acosta’s questioning. He ended up taking more shots at Acosta as well and said he and his representatives might get up and walk away in future press events Continue reading "Trump Says White House is ‘Writing Up Rules’ on Decorum After CNN Ruling: ‘You Have to Act With Respect’"

Sarah Sanders Responds to CNN Lawsuit: Jim Acosta’s Credential Will Be ‘Temporarily Restored’


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The White House says it is prepared to restore access for CNN’s Jim Acosta following a judge’s ruling Friday. In a statement, Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said that the White House will “temporarily restore” Acosta’s credential. However, Sanders indicated that the White House will “further develop rules and processes” meant to ensure “orderly” news conferences. “Today, the court made clear that there is no absolute First Amendment right to access the White House,” Sanders said in the statement. “In response to the court, we will temporarily reinstate the reporter’s hard pass. We will also further develop rules and processes to ensure fair and orderly press conferences in the future. There must be decorum at the White House.” Acosta’s pass was originally pulled on Nov. 7 following a press conference standoff with President Donald Trump. But Judge Timothy J. Kelly ruled Friday that the White House return the Continue reading "Sarah Sanders Responds to CNN Lawsuit: Jim Acosta’s Credential Will Be ‘Temporarily Restored’"

CNN’s Jeffrey Toobin Lauds Trump-Appointed Judge in Jim Acosta Case: ‘Savvy and Wise Resolution’


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CNN legal analyst Jeffrey Toobin commended the Federal judge involved in the case between CNN reporter Jim Acosta and the White House, saying he showed “extremely savvy” judgement in his decision. On Friday, Judge Timothy Kelly ruled that the White House must temporarily give back Acosta’s White House press pass, which was suspended after President Donald Trump got into a verbal confrontation with him during a presser. However, Kelly has given the White House a chance to create a solid set of standards to hold Acosta and other correspondents to and the case will go from there. “The next step, as I understand the preliminary ruling, is that the White House has to either drop the whole thing and, you know, patch things up, or establish clearer rules about what justifies the removal of a hard pass and how the accused hard pass abusers are allowed to defend themselves,” Toobin said Continue reading "CNN’s Jeffrey Toobin Lauds Trump-Appointed Judge in Jim Acosta Case: ‘Savvy and Wise Resolution’"

The View Celebrates CNN Lawsuit Ruling Over White House: ‘You Can’t Poop on the Constitution’


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The View celebrated a Federal Judge’s ruling in favor of CNN in their legal battle with the White House Friday. During the show’s opening segment, the panel championed the decision to restore Jim Acosta‘s White House access as a victory for press rights. “The First Amendment is alive and well now,” said Abby Huntsman. “That’s the decision that they should have made — and it’s still pending, they have to make a final decision, But I think that gives you a pretty clear sense of the direction they’re going in. If you’re the White House, you may not like the guy, can’t stand him, but how are you surprised? Because what precedent would that set if they were to rule against this? How many passes could you take away from people? Where does it end?” Ana Navarro added, “I think what we are seeing, in this case, is Continue reading "The View Celebrates CNN Lawsuit Ruling Over White House: ‘You Can’t Poop on the Constitution’"

Jim Acosta Speaks After Judge Rules in Favor of CNN’s Lawsuit: ‘Let’s Go Back to Work’


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Jim Acosta gave a brief address on Friday after DC District Court ruled in favor of CNN over the lawsuit they filed against the Trump Administration on his behalf. Judge Timothy J. Kelly ordered that Acosta’s press credentials be restored after the White House took them away after his recent clash with President Trump at a fiery press conference. After CNN attorney Ted Boustrous delivered a statement on the ruling outside the courthouse, Acosta was given a chance to speak.
“I just want to say something very briefly, and that is, I want to thank all of my colleagues in the press who supported us this week, and I want to thank the judge for the decision he made today. Let’s go back to work. Thank you.”

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