ACOSTA Gets His First Question After Being Let Back In, Here’s How Sarah Sanders Responded..
Early in the month following Jim Acosta’s outburst during a press conference with President Trump and an incident with a member of the White House staff he had his press credentials subsequently revoked.
Now, obviously by any stretch of the imagination Acosta went over the line both in the tenor of his questioning and this actions afterward. However, one thing about Acosta is that while he is a repugnant human being he is by no means stupid.
He took advantage of the fact that there was no rule against the way in which you deliver your questions during a press event. Now, the reason for most rules being in existence is when someone does something so ridiculous that someone thinks that something needs to be done about it but there is no rule in place to keep them from doing the stupid thing that they did.
After this incident and after the White House was forced to reinstate Acosta’s press credentials there was a set of rules drafted that were in everyone’s favor and to give everyone a level playing field.
That being said, Jim Acosta got the chance to officially ask his first question since having his White House press pass reinstated.
Acosta was called on by Sarah Sanders during the press briefing Tuesday. Acosta asked about Paul Manafort and the Mueller Investigation.
Sanders said, “Not only has the president, but the entire administration has been fully cooperative with the special counsel’s office, providing hours and hours of sit-downs as well as over 4 million pages of documents. We continue to be cooperative. We also know there was no collusion, and we’re ready for this to wrap up.”
Acosta asked a series of follow-ups about Trump’s relationship with the CIA. Acosta asked specifically, “Why doesn’t he have faith in his advisers?”
Acosta continued to challenge, saying “[Trump] doesn’t believe the CIA” on their initial report on the Khashoggi killing.
“We haven’t seen definitive evidence come from our intelligence community that ties him directly to that. What we have seen is a number of individuals that we know are tied to that, and those individuals have been sanctioned,” Sanders replied before moving on to the next question.
The tenor of the briefing was subdued in relation to past briefings.