President Trump unloaded on CNN’s senior White House correspondent Jim Acosta Friday morning; calling the reporter totally “unprofessional” and demanding he treat the office of the presidency with “respect.”
The Commander-in-Chief was speaking with reporters on the White House lawn when he was asked to comment on his administration’s decision to suspend Acosta’s press pass.
“I think Jim Acosta is a very unprofessional man. He does this with everybody. He gets paid to do that,” Trump said. “Whether it was me or Ronald Reagan or anybody else, he would have done the same thing.”
“I don’t think he’s a smart person, but he’s got a loud voice,” Trump added.
ACOSTA DENIED: CNN’s Jim Acosta BOOTED from Trump Briefing After SCREAMING Questions
CNN senior White House correspondent Jim Acosta was singled-out during the President’s joint press briefing this week, with officials demanding the anti-Trump journalist “get out” after he repeatedly screamed questions at the Commander-in-Chief.
The President was speaking alongside Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte when the briefing came to its scheduled conclusion.
Acosta refused to leave the room, hurling questions at the world leaders until he was forced to leave.
White House aide shouts at Jim @Acosta: "Move, Jim! Let’s go! Keep going Jim. Let’s go. We’re leaving. Come on Jim. Go. We’re done."pic.twitter.com/PZQX92VbON
— Ryan Saavedra (@RealSaavedra) July 30, 2018
“Move, Jim! Let’s go! Keep going Jim. Let’s go. We’re leaving. Come on Jim. Go. We’re done,” yelled one White House official.
Watch Acosta get “the boot” above.
ACOSTA DENIED: Jim Acosta BOOTED from White House by Secret Service
CNN’s senior correspondent Jim Acosta was barred entry to the White House this week after a new secret service agent reportedly failed to recognize the reporter; telling him to retrieve his press pass before entering the premises.
The altercation was captured on video Wednesday, showing Acosta asking to be allowed entry to the White House as the Secret Service agent refused; eventually forcing the journalist to leave the area.
Acosta is no stranger when it comes to controversy regarding the President.
The CNN correspondent came under fire earlier this year after he publicly harassed the First Family during the annual White House Easter festivities.