Trump's press secretary threatens CNN reporter's access to president-elect for asking a question
Acosta later tweeted that Spicer threatened to have him thrown out of the news conference if he asked another question. Photograph: (AFP)
Jim Acosta, a senior White House correspondent for CNN, attempted to ask the president-elect a question at his New York press conference on Wednesday. First, Trump refused to answer. "I am not going to give you a question. You are fake news,” he said.
Trump blasted CNN after it reported the fact that both President Obama and President-elect Trump were briefed by US intelligence about allegations that Russian operatives claimed to have "compromising" personal and financial information on Trump. Trump himself talked about being briefed on this report, so its existence is undisputed.
Trump slammed the CNN report by conflating it with the BuzzFeed report, two completely different pieces of journalism.
BuzzFeed published the unverified and unsubstantiated report itself, a 35 page dossier containing salacious allegations concerning Trump's personal conduct written by former British intelligence officer who agencies find "credible".
CNN didn't disclose anything risque about the nature of this personal information.They have responded to Trump's criticism, saying the stand behind their original reporting.
Trump fights the press
Incoming White House press secretary Sean Spicer late Wednesday asked CNN’s Acosta to apologise to Donald Trump for asking the President-elect a question, calling it “rude, inappropriate and disrespectful”.
After Trump dismissed Costa, he took a question from someone at Breitbart, a website that is staunchly pro-Trump and pro-white nationalism. A founding member of Breitbart, Steve Bannon, is now Trump's chief strategist.
Watch the exchange between Trump and Costa, published on Raw Story. The people heard applauding Trump in this video as he criticises CNN as "Fake news" are paid Trump staffers, Raw Story reports.
Acosta wouldn't have raised his voice or repeated his question if Trump answered it the first time.
Yesterday was Trump's first press conference since July of last year. Trump doesn't make himself available to reporters outside of press conferences, or inside them.
Trump's press secretary fights the press
After the exchange between Trump and Acosta, Spicer repeated Trump's demand that Acosta apologize for asking a question. Acosta pushed back, saying Spicer threatened to have him thrown out of the news conference if he asked another question.
Then Spicer denied that he ever threatened to remove Costa from future press conferences.
Not true, but par for the course in terms of the false reporting https://t.co/usHTCZ38LI— Sean Spicer (@seanspicer) January 12, 2017
After Spicer denied that he ever threatened Acosta's press access, he then retweeted a video of himself appearing on TV explaining how he threatened to revoke Acosta's press access.