White House Counselor Kellyanne Conway unloaded on CNN reporter Jim Acosta after he asked if the president was planning to lie to the American people during his prime time address on Tuesday night.
President Donald Trump is giving his first national broadcast from the Oval Office to address the crisis at the southern border. This comes as the U.S. government nears the three-week mark for the partial government shutdown.
I am pleased to inform you that I will Address the Nation on the Humanitarian and National Security crisis on our Southern Border. Tuesday night at 9:00 P.M. Eastern.
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) January 7, 2019
Some have questioned whether Trump should be giving the speech, with several claiming that he could be using the broadcast to spread misinformation about the border situation. As IJR Blue reported, Steven Colbert even called out his own network, CBS, for deciding to air the presidential address.
Acosta’s network, CNN, even got in on the hysterics. Don Lemon even suggested censoring Trump’s speech, but Cuomo shut him down, as IJR reported earlier.
Apparently, Acosta shared the same fears as Lemon. According to reports from The Hill and Daily Mail, Acosta greeted Conway on the North Lawn with questions about whether Trump’s speeches will be filled with lies.
“Can you promise that the president will tell the truth tonight? Will he tell the truth?” Acosta asked.
Conway, never one to back down from a back-and-forth with a CNN reporter, responded, “Yes, Jim and can you promise that you will?”
Acosta said he “absolutely” would tell the truth. To which Conway joked, “The whole truth and nothing but the truth, so help you, God? Am I allowed to mention God to you?”
In response to Conway’s jab, Acosta fired back at Conway for her viral gaffe where she claimed the president had “alternative facts” about the size of the crowd at his inauguration.
“I’m not the one that has the alternative facts problem like you do,” said Acosta.
The “alternative facts” line got under Conway’s skin, prompting her to call Acosta a “smart ass.”
CNN’s Jim Acosta: “Kellyanne, can you promise the president will tell the truth tonight?”
Conway: “Yes, Jim. Do you promise that you will? … this is why I am one of the only people around here who even gives you the time of day…because you’re such a smartass most of the time” pic.twitter.com/8fZ1iycl9R
— Ryan Saavedra (@RealSaavedra) January 8, 2019
“This is why I’m one of the only people around here who gives you the time of day. Let me get back in your face because you’re such a smart ass most of the time and I know you want this to go viral, a lot of these people don’t like you. But just let me be respectful to the media at large as I always am, I explained that was alternative information and additional facts and I explained it many times. And don’t you put it back it my face for all the corrections that your network needs to issue. I was on your network 25 or 26 times in 2018 and I’m one of the last people here that even bothers to go on.”
After Conway unloaded on Acosta, he became defensive, responding, “Ma’am I just asked you if the president will tell the truth tonight.”
The presidential adviser didn’t let his comments slide, firing back, “Don’t call me ma’am just to make it up.”
These two have a long history of not getting along. As IJR previously reported, Conway believes that Acosta only cares about making news about himself, saying some reporters only “want to make it about me, myself and I.”