The White House press corps has undoubtedly been frustrated with the drastically reduced amount of access in recent weeks. But without rival, no one has been more outspoken with his criticism than CNN’s Jim Acosta.
In advance of Press Secretary Sean Spicer‘s latest off-camera briefing Monday, Acosta let it rip once again — as he absolutely blasted President Donald Trump, Spicer, and the White House as a whole on a variety of subjects.
He began with the latest Tweets from Trump faulting former President Barack Obama for a lack of action after finding out about Russian interference in the 2016 election.
“Now blaming former President Obama,” Acosta said. “Somebody he blames a lot of things on.”
Acosta read the dispatch from Trump, which claimed that Obama did “NOTHING after being informed in August about Russian meddling.”
“That is not accurate, factually,” Acosta said, noting that Obama confronted Russian President Vladimir Putin in September.
Then, CNN’s chief White House correspondent turned to the subject of dwindling media access, as Spicer has held just two on-camera briefings in the past two weeks. Further, Trump’s joint appearance with Prime Minister Narendra Modi of India later on Monday is not scheduled to feature questions — bucking longtime White House tradition.
“I think it’s critical that we point that out to viewers,” Acosta said. “That in addition to this briefing being off-camera today, the President is also eroding the expectations, eroding the traditions of covering the President of the United States here in Washington, in that he is holding a statement in the Rose Garden this afternoon with a foreign head of state and not taking questions from reporters.”
But Acosta, rebel though he is, did manage to sneak in a quick picture before the video cameras were turned off in the briefing room.
Okay here’s one Spicer pic 🙊🙊🙊 pic.twitter.com/qBnqRZESWr
— Jim Acosta (@Acosta) June 26, 2017
Watch above, via CNN.
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