Incoming White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer defended his response to CNN’s Jim Acosta for, in Spicer’s words, acting inappropriately during President-elect Donald Trump‘s press conference last week.
Acosta, you may remember, attempted to ask Trump a question after the president-elect slammed CNN’s reporting, and the ensuing exchange culminated in Trump calling CNN “fake news.” Afterwards Spicer warned Acosta that if he did that again he would be removed from the room.
On Fox’s MediaBuzz today, Spicer again insisted that Acosta should apologize, especially considering he interrupted another reporter that Trump was calling on. Spicer called his behavior “inappropriate and disrespectful” and said, “You do not treat the president-elect or any major figure in that way.”
He affirmed to Howard Kurtz that he warned Acosta he would be thrown out if he tried something like that again, but he likened that to “the same way we would remove a protester that was acting as disrespectful as he did.”
Spicer also claimed that Acosta misrepresented their conversation and even went so far as to say he took “no responsibility for his behavior.”
Acosta, for the record, has made it clear he doesn’t think he did anything wrong, saying his persistency was just him doing his job.
Watch above, via Fox News.
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