President Donald Trump once again exchanged tense words with CNN's Chief White House Correspondent Jim Acosta.
At a press conference during the President's visit to India, Acosta asked Trump if he would pledge not to accept any foreign assistance in the 2020 election, amid reports that Russia is once again meddling to help ensure another Trump term
Rather than take that pledge, Trump chastised Acosta and CNN, claiming the network had to apologize recently for false reporting about him.
That's when things went south.
President Trump: "If you see what CNN, your wonderful network, said I guess they apologized in a way…What was their… https://t.co/jea2ZQO6Vy— CSPAN (@CSPAN) 1582640381.0
Acosta came to the defense of his network by telling the President:
"Mr. President, I think our record on delivering the truth is a lot better than yours sometimes."
Acosta isn't wrong. To date, Trump has made over 16,000 false statements.
Nevertheless, Trump didn't take well to the comment:
"Let me tell you about your record. Your record is so bad, you ought to be ashamed of yourself. You probably have the worst record in the history of broadcasting."
This is far from the first time Trump and Acosta have collided.
Trump berated Acosta at a press conference in 2018 after Acosta wouldn't let the President evade his question. The White House revoked Acosta's press pass in retaliation, but was later forced by court order to restore his clearance. Around the same time, Trump refused to hear a question from Acosta while on a visit to England, calling CNN "fake news."
People sided with Acosta this time.
The MAGA heads won’t like it, but @Acosta is spot on. Donald Trump lies virtually every time he opens his mouth. https://t.co/ayq5Vh2JNS— Joe Walsh (@Joe Walsh) 1582640853.0
Not one single person can disagree with Jim Acosta here. And for the Trumpers who are about to jump into the fray:… https://t.co/sCApmCmu6j— Pants McShirt (@Pants McShirt) 1582639054.0
Call Trump out. Without fear. Without hesitation. Everyday. Until he’s gone. Well done, @Acosta. https://t.co/8A4BPVGUfk— Jeffrey Wright (@Jeffrey Wright) 1582642112.0
Lol "sometimes" As flawed as CNN is they're 1000000 times more honest than this con man. https://t.co/dn6ds95qTB— CoreyCrat, ≥🧢 co-host #movingforwardpod (@CoreyCrat, ≥🧢 co-host #movingforwardpod) 1582640618.0
Jim Acosta pummels Trump, executing powers of the press quite persistently. Trump tries to publicly shame Acosta an… https://t.co/b6WTwWARtx— Stephanie Kennedy (@Stephanie Kennedy) 1582638202.0
Respect to @Acosta for speaking the truth to Trump's face. #Journalism— Peter Daou (@Peter Daou) 1582636672.0
@MyDaughtersArmy Yes @Acosta !! Thank you!— Miliana (@Miliana) 1582635975.0
@MyDaughtersArmy Good on you @Acosta ....should be more of it.— Miffy (@Miffy) 1582637028.0