CNN White House correspondent Jim Acosta on Monday dared White House press secretary Sarah Sanders to name which news outlets and reporters President Trump believes are “the true enemy of the people,” as he declared in a Monday tweet.
“Shouldn’t you reserve the term enemy for people who are actually the enemy of the United States rather than journalists?” Acosta asked.
“The president is not referencing all media,” Sanders replied. “He’s talking about the growing amount of fake news that exists in the country. The president is calling that out.”
Acosta pressed Sanders to provide the American people with a list of media outlets that were considered to be “the enemy,” Sanders refused.
“Those individuals probably know who they are,” Sanders responded.
Acosta pressed again: “If the president is going to say the ‘fake news’ media are the enemy of the people and if you’re going to stand there and continue to say that there are some journalists, some news outlets in this country that meet that characterization, shouldn’t you have the guts, Sarah, to state which outlets, which journalists are the enemy of the people?”
“I think it’s irresponsible of a news organization like yours to blame responsibility of a pipe bomb that was not sent by the president,” Sanders said, referring to CNN. “Not just blame the president, but blame members of his administration for those heinous acts. I think that it outrageous.”