Earnest: I've never wanted to eject reporters

Earnest: I've never wanted to eject reporters
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White House press secretary Josh Earnest said Thursday that he’s never wanted to eject a reporter from a press event. 
 
His comments are an implicit criticism of his incoming successor, Sean Spicer, whom CNN’s Jim Acosta of threatening to throw him out of Donald TrumpDonald John TrumpWSJ: Trump ignored advice to confront Putin over indictments Trump hotel charging Sean Spicer ,000 as book party venue Bernie Sanders: Trump 'so tough' on child separations but not on Putin MORE’s first news conference as president-elect Wednesday after he was denied a question. 
 
Asked about the incident, Earnest told reporters could “never recall a scenario where I was tempted to throw someone out of the room.”
 
The spokesman said dealing with tough questions from the media is “part of the process” of leading a democratic country.
 
Tensions between Trump and CNN exploded out into the open Wednesday after the network reported intelligence officials compiled materials for the president-elect alleging the Russian government has compromising information about him. 
 
Trump blasted CNN and Acosta at his news conference as "terrible. The reporter responded, “you're attacking us, can you give us a question?” 
 
"Don't be rude. No, I'm not going to give you a question. You are fake news," Trump replied.
 
Acosta went on the air afterward and said Spicer threatened to eject him if he demanded a question again. 
 
Spicer disputed Acosta’s account and said he should apologize for his “rude and inappropriate” behavior. 
 
“An unfortunate statement,” Acosta replied on Twitter. “Sean you know that you threatened to throw me out of that news conference if I asked another question. #realnews”
 
Earnest’s comments are a departure from his initial measured praise for Spicer after the two met at the White House earlier this month. 
 
“It was a good conversation and I know that he’s excited about the opportunity, and he should be,” Earnest said at the time. “Getting to work at the White House is a genuine honor.”