CNN’s White House correspondent Jim Acosta found himself in hot water after he tried to derail the historic summit between President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un.
Some media reports described the reporter as disruptive in asking questions in Singapore on Tuesday, when Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un signed a diplomatic agreement.
Many people called for Acosta to lose his press credentials, including President Trump’s campaign manager, Brad Parscale.
“Jim @Acosta should immediately have his press credentials suspended. He is an absolute disgrace!” wrote Brad Parscale to his 100,000 Twitter followers on Tuesday afternoon.
Acosta hit back at President Trump’s 2020 campaign manager’s call for his press credentials to be revoked, saying the practice happens in “dictatorships …, not democracies.”
“Dear Brad.. dictatorships take away press credentials. Not democracies,” responded Acosta.
“Dear Jim. It isn’t about the constitution. It’s about respect. He won the presidency not you. Go win it yourself if you need it all about you,” responded Brad. Acosta also addressed his criticisms on CNN, conveniently leaving out the part where he swore.
“I mean, to me, you know, I couldn’t think of anything else to ask North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un but whether he’s going to give up his nuclear weapons. Wasn’t that the entire point of this summit? There is a dictator right in front of you who has nuclear weapons. Why on Earth would you not ask that question?” asked Acosta.
During the signing ceremony, Acosta shouted, ‘Mr. President, did we agree to denuclearize?’
”Starting that process very quickly, very, very quickly. Absolutely,” Trump responded.
Acosta also asked if Trump talked about late American Otto Warmbier, who died after being held in North Korean captivity. Trump did not respond.
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