White House spokesperson Sarah Sanders and CNN White House correspondent Jim Acosta got into a tussle over which media outlets President Trump’s thinks are the “enemy of the people.”
Acosta kept pushing for specifics and wanted to know if CNN was considered one of the networks.
Without being rude, Sarah Sanders answered Acosta clearly.
ABC Tried to put it into perspective: “Sanders declines to list which outlets Pres. Trump considers the “enemy of the people”: “I think those individuals probably know who they are.” “Shouldn’t you have the guts, Sarah, to state which outlets, which journalists are the enemy of the people?” CNN’s Jim Acosta asks”
Sanders declines to list which outlets Pres. Trump considers the "enemy of the people": "I think those individuals probably know who they are."
"Shouldn't you have the guts, Sarah, to state which outlets, which journalists are the enemy of the people?" CNN's Jim Acosta asks. pic.twitter.com/DIDblSvznO
— ABC News (@ABC) October 29, 2018
“Could you state, for the record, which outlets you and the president regard as the ‘enemy of the people’?” Acosta asked.
“I’m not going to walk through a list but those individuals probably know who they are,” Sanders responded.
“Would that include my outlet, which received a bomb last week?” Acosta asked.
“I don’t think it’s necessarily specific to a general, broad generalization of a full outlet,” Sanders explained. “At times I think there’s individuals that the president would be referencing.”
“So you’re not going to state for the record then?” Acosta asked. “If the president is going to say that the fake news media are the enemy of the people and you’re going to stand there and continue to say that there are some journalists with some news outlets in this country with that characterization, shouldn’t you have the guts, Sarah, to state which outlets, which journalists, are the enemy of the people?”
“I think it’s irresponsible of a news organization, like yours, to blame responsibility of a pipe bomb that was not sent by the president. Not just blame the president, but blame members of his administration for those heinous acts, I think that is outrageous and irresponsible,” Sanders replied.
Acosta tried to ask another question. Sanders interrupted him. “Jim, I’ve given you three questions,” she said bluntly.