CNN Chief White House Correspondent Jim Acosta defended himself Wednesday amid backlash for shouting questions at President Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong-un during their historic summit this week in Singapore.
Mr. Acosta, who already has a strained relationship with the Trump White House, was ripped as “annoying” and “attention-seeking” by conservatives after he was heard repeatedly questioning the two leaders as they signed a joint agreement to broker peace on the Korean peninsula.
Brad Parscale, Mr. Trump’s 2020 campaign manager, renewed his call for Mr. Acosta’s press credentials to be revoked over the exchange.
Mr. Parscale similarly went after the CNN journalist in April after he shouted questions about immigration at the president while he was interacting with children during the White House Easter Egg Roll.
Mr. Acosta fired back Wednesday on Twitter, saying taking away his press credentials would be behavior suited for a dictator.
Dear Brad.. dictatorships take away press credentials. Not democracies. https://t.co/TqgCHOW0t6— Jim Acosta (@Acosta) June 13, 2018
Mr. Acosta also defended himself on “New Day,” telling his CNN colleagues that the summit was a “golden opportunity” to ask Mr. Kim directly whether he planned to give up his nukes.
“Wasn’t that the entire point of this summit?” Mr. Acosta asked. “There’s a dictator in front of you who has nuclear weapons — why on earth wouldn’t you ask that question?”
“I could not have thought of anything else better to ask at that moment than that question,” he said.
“There’s a dictator in front of you who has nuclear weapons, why on earth wouldn’t you ask that question?” Chief White House Correspondent @acosta on why he asked Kim Jong Un if he would give up his nukes https://t.co/beqITLLi4Zpic.twitter.com/ZzylwQ8itE— New Day (@NewDay) June 13, 2018
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