Kirsters Baish| Counselor to the President, Kellyanne Conway, called out CNN White House Reporter Jim Acosta on Tuesday after he took underhanded jabs at President Donald Trump on air. During the heated exchange, Conway called Acosta a “smarta**.”
Acosta questioned Conway if she would promise him that the President would “tell the truth” when giving his prime-time address on Tuesday evening.
Conway wasted no time in answered, “Yes, Jim. Can you promise that you will? The whole truth and nothing but the truth, so help you God? Am I allowed to mention ‘God’ to you?”
Fox News reports, “Acosta – who has emerged as a household name for interruptions when Trump and members of his administration are made available to the press – responded by telling Conway that he doesn’t have an ‘alternative facts’ problem like she does.”
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
Then, Conway told Acosta that “a lot of these people” do not like him, referring to his own peers.
Conway stated, mocking Acosta’s network, “Don’t you put it back in my face for all corrections your network needs to issue. I was on your network 25 or 26 times in 2018. I’m one of the last people here who even bothered to go on, and the disrespect you show to me personally, I’ll look past it.”
Acosta answered, “Ma’am.”
“Don’t call me ma’am,” Conway shot back.
Last year Acosta was briefly banned from the White House after he engaged in a contentious back-and-forth with Trump during a Nov. 7 press conference. During the now-infamous moment, Acosta refused to pass the microphone to a female White House aide.
Acosta’s press pass was restored on Nov. 19 after CNN argued that keeping him out of the White House violated the network and Acosta’s First and Fifth Amendment rights.
To coincide with Acosta being allowed to return to the White House, Press Secretary Sarah Sanders implemented a series of rules to govern White House press conferences going forward.
Liberal Hollywood elites like late night talk show host/comedian Jimmy Kimmel have praised Acosta in the past. He even made an appearance in Netflix’s “House of Cards.”