CNN White House correspondent Jim Acosta tried to put up a fight when a Secret Service agent failed to recognize him and requested to see his press credentials before entering the White House.
“When you’re walking around,” an agent can be heard telling Acosta, who was not wearing his pass around his neck — as required by members of the media — in a video of the incident, “we need you to wear it so we know who you are.”
VIDEO: CNN’s Jim Acosta having a meltdown at Secret Service for not recognizing him despite the fact that he’s been there for 5 years. We captured part of it on video. pic.twitter.com/DNq1UkkpfO
— Michael J. Morrison (@OfficeOfMike) May 31, 2018
“I’ve been here five years, and nobody has said that to me,” a frustrated Acosta said.
“I haven’t been here five years,” the agent shot back. “I didn’t recognize you.”
Defeated, Acosta flashed his pass and then walked away. According to the social media user who shared the video, the footage only “captured part of it,” so it’s unclear how long the CNN correspondent had been arguing with the agent prior to filming.
Acosta came under fire this week for bashing President Donald Trump’s meeting with Kim Kardashian West — who hoped to gain clemency for a first-time, nonviolent drug offender — considering his silence on former President Barack Obama meeting with celebrities.
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) May 30, 2018
“She shouldn’t be here, talking about prison reform, it’s very nice that she is here, but that’s not a serious thing to have happened here at the White House,” he said at the time.
Social media users, however, were quick to point out that he never criticized Obama for meeting with Jay-Z, Beyonce, George Clooney, and Oprah Winfrey. They also reminded him of his own interview with John Legend on the criminal justice system.