WATCH: Jim Acosta Challenges Trump to Call on Female Reporter to Ask About Kavanaugh Allegations
At his Wednesday news conference in New York, President Donald Trump stunningly called on CNN’s Jim Acosta — his administration’s chief media rival. And the result was, predictably, a highly tense collision.
Acosta began by asking the president to call on one of his female colleagues next — after having opened the session by calling on three consecutive male journalists.
“If you don’t mind, after I’m finished, if [CBS’s] Weijia [Jiang], or [NBC’s] Hallie [Jackson], or [the Wall Street Journal‘s] Vivian [Salama], or one of our female colleagues could go after me, that would be great,” Acosta said.
Trump bristled at the request.
“What does he mean by that?” Trump said. “Explain. What does that mean?”
“I think it would be great if a female reporter were to ask you a question about this issue,” Acosta said — referring to the latest sexual misconduct allegation against Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh.
“I wouldn’t mind that at all,” Trump said. “Wouldn’t make any difference to me.”
From there, Acosta went on to press Trump about his support for the accused on claims of sexual misconduct, including; Kavanaugh, Roy Moore, and Rob Porter.
“You seem to, time and again, side with the accused and not the accuser,” Acosta said. “Is that because of the many allegations that you’ve had made against you over the years?”
Trump said he’s not open to supporting Kavanaugh’s accusers after he hears them.
“[I]t’s possible I’ll hear [their claims], and I’ll say, ‘Hey, I’m changing my mind,'” Trump said. “That is possible. We want to give them a chance to speak.”
For the record, Hallie Jackson did indeed ask the next question.
Watch above, via CNN.
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