President Donald Trump made history earlier this week when he met face-to-face with North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un.
But during a historic signing ceremony at the summit, CNN’s Jim Acosta interrupted with a few questions about relations between the two countries.
“Mr. President, did he agree to denuclearize?” Acosta asked. He also asked whether Trump and Kim discussed Otto Warmbier, the 22-year-old University of Virginia student who tragically died after the North Koreans released him from captivity.
Kellyanne Conway, one of Trump’s senior advisers, suggested Wednesday that Acosta’s questions were self-centered and illustrated a broader point about the press.
“Some people in the White House press corps do that routinely,” she told “Fox & Friends” when asked about Acosta’s comments. “They want to make things about them. I’m not naming any names because why give it oxygen? But they certainly want to make it about me, myself and I.”
Watch Conway’s commentary below:
Acosta faced backlash for his questions, including from Trump’s 2020 campaign manager, Brad Parscale, who called on the White House to revoke Acosta’s press credentials:
— Brad Parscale (@parscale) June 12, 2018
“He is an absolute disgrace!” Parscale said.
When Acosta responded, he suggested Parscale had a dictatorial mindset:
Dear Brad.. dictatorships take away press credentials. Not democracies. https://t.co/TqgCHOW0t6
— Jim Acosta (@Acosta) June 13, 2018
During Conway’s interview, she seemed to say the press often puts up a big show on social media:
“On Twitter, they’re all a hot mess in the kind of snark and bark towards this president and those who work for him, including here at the White House, in the Cabinet, and elsewhere. Things that would not pass editorial muster in a newspaper — I call it social media muscle, cable news cajones. Many of them demonstrate that but don’t have the courage. But this summit is about peace and prosperity. It’s not about that correspondent or another correspondent. And the president didn’t even make it about himself. He made it about a process. He made it about doing something great for the world.”
Last week, Conway said she was OK with the press being skeptical but thought it went too far with Trump’s administration.
“Why the scowl in the face, and why […] the presumptive negativity?” she asked.
In a Mother’s Day interview earlier this year, Sanders asked if dealing with Acosta was more difficult than dealing with her children.
“Both of them can whine pretty regularly,” she responded. “They both like to ask the same questions, and sometimes their tone needs to be adjusted a little bit.”