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CNN's Acosta Won't Let 'Enemy of the People' Go

CNN's Acosta Won't Let 'Enemy of the People' Go

"[Sanders] ought to hear some of the things that were said to me the other night in Tampa", Acosta said, adding that he thought the press secretary also should read comments made about his colleagues at CNN. Sanders was pressed on the question by Acosta during a White House briefing.

White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders visbly upset some journalists during a briefing on Thursday when she complained about physical dangers she has faced in her job and her unprecedented need for Secret Service protection, and blamed the reporters in the room for causing it. "ICE officials are not welcomed in their place of worship", Sanders said. That may not be news in Washington, D.C., but I can assure you that it's news in the state of Florida...

Ultimately she sidestepped the question about "enemy of the people" rhetoric, saying she was at the briefing room podium to relay the president's views, not to state her own.

The issue of the White House's relationship to members of the media has resurfaced after television reporters were targets of Trump supporters' ire at a rally in Tampa this week. "I wish that had not happen", Acosta said in reference to instances like the one at a Virginia restaurant when Sanders' party was asked to leave because of her work for the president. The media has attacked me repeatedly, said I should be harassed as a life sentence.

“I am very proud of him in the sense that he was my oldest brother. He taught me a lot. But I don’t think I’m very proud of him as a man. He reached superstardom on a global stage and it was all for nothing,” his another brother Hassan added
CNN's Acosta Won't Let 'Enemy of the People' Go

When first reports of the invitation emerged some weeks ago, a spokesperson for Trump's National Security Council had said to Hindustan Times: "We have nothing to announce at this time".

Acosta walked out of the briefing in protest and later tweeted he had done so because he was "totally saddened by what just happened", calling Sanders' refusal to say that the press was not the enemy "shameful". For the sake of this room, for the people in this room, this democracy, this country, all the people around the world are watching what you are saying and the White House for the United States of America, the president of the United States should not refer to us as enemy of the people? His own daughter acknowledged that and all I'm asking you to do, Sarah, is to acknowledge that right now and right here.

"Maybe we should go out, all journalists, should go out on Pennsylvania Avenue and chant, 'We're not the enemy of the people.' Because I'm exhausted of this". As many times as I have taken calls from folks and not like the questions, I still think it's important.

"In the age of social media, where divisiveness serves no decent goal, these flippant comments on my part only made things worse and contributed to a cycle of rage that I should not have inflamed further".

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