Sarah Sanders Goes Head-to-Head With CNN’s Jim Acosta Over the Free Press

After CNN White House reporter Jim Acosta questioned if press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders believed the White House supported a free press, she criticized reporters for their demeanor toward President Donald Trump’s administration. 

The tense exchange began when Acosta claimed Trump suggested Dr. Ronny Jackson doesn’t have enough experience to run the Department of Veterans Affairs. 

“That’s not what the president said. I think you’re taking some of his words out of context, and based on your tweet today, I know you don’t appreciate when people take your words out of context,” she said. 

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Sanders was referencing a tweet Acosta wrote earlier in the morning that offered further context to the comment he made that some people “don’t have all their faculties” and therefore can’t see through Trump’s act. 

Acosta followed up on Sanders’ comment that Trump’s words were taken out of context and asked, “Are you trying to say that this administration is a champion of a free press?” 

Sanders responded that the White House believes in a free press but also a fair press, which she said should go “hand in hand.” 

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She added that there’s a responsibility by reporters to report accurate information, and she considers a “number” of people at the press briefing to be trying to do that every day.

Then Sanders turned the attention to the perceived lack of respect she feels she receives from some press members and used her continuing to take their questions as proof of the administration’s support for a free press. She said: 

“That’s one of the reasons I’m standing here taking your questions. And a lot of times, taking your quesions in a tone that’s completely unnecessary, unneeded and frankly doesn’t help further the conversation or help the American people get any more information in a better way.” 

She concluded that is both her job as press secretary and the job of reporters. As she moved on to another reporter, Acosta added, “The president’s tone towards the press obviously is not helpful.” 

After the briefing, Acosta tweeted at Sanders and wondered what he took out of context: 

This isn’t the first time Acosta and Sanders have gone toe-to-toe, and he’s taken his fair share of jabs from Trump, as well. 

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