Following a testy press briefing on Monday, CNN’s Jim Acosta took to Twitter to suggest reporters “stick together” to get answers from White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders when she cuts them off:
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One way to address the briefing is for reporters to stick together when the press sec cuts somebody off. Ideally we could and should insist on answers if somebody is cut off. We don’t do that as much as we should. Problem is there is so little time and so many pressing q’s.
— Jim Acosta (@Acosta) June 4, 2018
The CNN correspondent’s suggestion came after he attempted to ask Sanders a follow-up question four times on Monday only to be shut down by the press secretary on each occasion. Acosta’s initial question was:
“Rudy Giuliani, the president’s outside lawyer, said to the Huffington Post, ‘In no case can he be subpoenaed or indicted. […] If he shot James Comey, he’d be impeached the next day. Impeach him, and then you can do whatever you want to do to him.’ Is that appropriate language coming from the president’s outside lawyer to be talking about the president shooting Jim Comey in that fashion?”
Sanders replied, “You would have to ask Rudy Giuliani about his specific comments. But thankfully, the president hasn’t done anything wrong. We feel very comfortable in that.”
However, Acosta wasn’t satisfied and tried to follow up four times until Sanders eventually dismissed him with a simple, “Not today, Jim!”