The war between CNN and the White House is back on.
CNN White House correspondent Jim Acosta and White House counselor Kellyanne Conway got into it Tuesday outside the White House. It apparently started when Acosta asked Conway if President Trump plans to be truthful during his prime time Oval Office address on border security Tuesday evening, Roll Call reported.
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
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“Yes, Jim, and can you promise that you will?” Conway said. “The whole truth and nothing but the truth, so help you God? Am I allowed to mention God to you?”
Acosta said he would be truthful.
As the pair talked over each other, Conway accused Acosta of fishing for a viral moment, and Acosta brought up Conway’s infamous “alternative facts” moment from January 2017.
“Let me get back in your face, because you’re such a smart-ass most of the time, and I know you want this to go viral. A lot of these people don’t like you,” Conway said, gesturing to the assembled journalists. “But let me just be respectful to the media writ large, as I always am. I explained that that was alternative information and additional facts. And I explained it many times. And don’t you put it back in my face for all the corrections that your network needs to issue.”