Things got testy this morning during Trump’s first press conference since winning the White House.
Just one day after CNN released an exclusive report detailing an intel dossier showing Trump had ties with Russia, a reporter from that network tried to ask Trump a question.
Trump refused to call on him, prompting Jim Acosta to yell out, “Since you are attacking us, can you give us a question?”
“Not you,” Trump replied. “Your organization is terrible!”
“Mr. President-elect, since you are attacking our news organization,” the reporter pressed on.
Trump replied by telling him to be quiet and scolding him repeatedly for being rude, then said: “I’m not going to give you a question…I’m not going to give you a question. You are fake news!”
Trump’s backers on stage clapped, but Acosta was not as amused, calling the remark, “inappropriate.”
Acosta later said the incoming White House spokesperson threatened to throw him out if he challenged Trump again.
— Michael Calderone (@mlcalderone) January 11, 2017
Spicer has denied that report despite apparent video of the incident.
Not true, but par for the course in terms of the false reporting https://t.co/usHTCZ38LI
— Sean Spicer (@seanspicer) January 12, 2017
The full transcript of the exchange, as provided by the FNS, appears below:
QUESTION: Since you’re attacking us, can you give us a question? Mr. President-elect —
TRUMP: Go ahead.
QUESTION: Mr. President-elect, since you are attacking our news organization…
TRUMP: Not you.
QUESTION: Can you give us a chance?
TRUMP: Your organization is terrible.
QUESTION: You are attacking our news organization, can you give us a chance to ask a question, sir? Sir, can you…
QUESTION: Mr. President-elect, can you say…
TRUMP: He’s asking a question, don’t be rude. Don’t be rude.
QUESTION: Can you give us a question since you’re attacking us? Can you give us a question?
TRUMP: Don’t be rude. No, I’m not going to give you a question. I’m not going to give you a question.
QUESTION: Can you state…
TRUMP: You are fake news. Go ahead.
QUESTION: Sir, can you state categorically that nobody — no, Mr. President-elect, that’s not appropriate.
TRUMP: Go ahead.
Watch the heated moment below:
— RT (@RT_com) January 11, 2017