CNN’s White House correspondent Jim Acosta is claiming President Donald Trump “steered clear” of the U.S. press at the press conference in Hanoi, Vietnam at the end of the president’s second Summit with North Korea leader Kim Jong Un.
There is no doubt there’s an ongoing feud between the reporter and president.
The feud continues after their fiery exchange at a White House press conference that led to many incidents like lawsuits, the CNN reporter mocking the president at the border wall, Acosta writing a book about the “frightening experience” covering Trump, and a confrontation by angel moms at a press conference about the southern border.
Acosta wasn’t happy with the president’s choices of reporters he called on at the Summit’s press conference on Thursday.
“The president steered clear largely during this news conference of the White House press corps and instead selected journalists at random from the other side of the room, where foreign journalists were seated,” Acosta said, adding President Trump selected reporters “at random” calling on “reporters from Russain State media, Chinese state media, Sean Hannity from Fox.”
The CNN reporter said the president was “avoiding” the other reporters, which he claimed “was by design.”
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CNN's Jim Acosta complains Trump didn't call on U.S. press: “He was calling on reporters from Russian state media, Chinese state media, Sean Hannity from FOX”
Trump called on reporters from ABC, Bloomberg, CBS, Fox News, NPR, NYT, WashPost
Acosta is mad he did not get called on pic.twitter.com/bNm05ry3ZK
— Ryan Saavedra (@RealSaavedra) February 28, 2019
The CNN reporter reiterated his complaint on Twitter: “Trump largely steered clear of WH press corps., which helped him avoid the Cohen questions,” adding in another tweet, Russian state media got a question. China state media got a question. Hannity got a question.”
Russian state media got a question. China state media got a question. Hannity got a question. https://t.co/xcHcuiTkQo
— Jim Acosta (@Acosta) February 28, 2019
However, despite Acosta’s claims that President Trump didn’t call on White House press corps, Acosta failed to mention that CBS’s Major Garrett and ABC News’ Jonathan Karl were called on during the Summit press conference.
Reporters from other U.S. media outlets also asked the president questions, such as Bloomberg, the Washington Post, The New York Times, and NPR.
Additionally, President Trump was asked by ABC News’ Karl about a response to Michael Cohen, who testified before the House Oversight Committee on Wednesday. The president responded by calling it a “fake hearing” and denounced the hearing held “in the middle of this very important summit” as “really a terrible thing.”
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President Trump on Michael Cohen hearing: "I think having a fake hearing like that and having it in the middle of this very important summit is really a terrible thing. They could've made it two days later or next week and it would have been even better." https://t.co/mkWisai97H pic.twitter.com/CSKcTjlwtV
— The Hill (@thehill) February 28, 2019
“… And he lied a lot, but it was very interesting because he didn’t lie about one thing,” President Trump said. “He said no collusion with the Russian hoax.”