Fox News host Jesse Watters blasted a pair of reporters covering the White House on Thursday, suggesting they have their press credentials revoked after a contentious briefing.
Watters said during an appearance on Fox News' “The Five” that the two reporters, Playboy's Brian Karem and CNN's Jim Acosta, “don’t belong” in the White House briefing room.
“They are jokes,” Watters said during the program. "They need to start ripping press passes away. If you’re going to act like a wild animal, you don’t belong there.”
Acosta responded to Watters on Twitter after the segment aired.
“This from a lapdog for the White House,” he retorted.
This from a lapdog for the White House. https://t.co/cJkJh2aZOi— Jim Acosta (@Acosta) June 14, 2018
Karem sparred with White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders during Thursday's media briefing, questioning whether she had "any empathy" over the Trump administration's policy of separating families who illegally cross the border into the U.S.
Acosta then feuded with Sanders after she invoked the Bible as justification for separating families.
"Where in the Bible does it say that it's OK to take children away from their parents?" Acosta pressed. "You just said it’s in the Bible to follow the law."
"I know it’s hard for you to understand even short sentences, I guess, but please don’t take my words out of context," Sanders fired back.
Asked about Jeff SessionsJefferson (Jeff) Beauregard SessionsPress: For Trump endorsement: The more sordid, the better Those predicting Facebook's demise are blowing smoke If bitcoin is 'digital gold,' it should be taxed like gold MORE' claim that separating children from parents is rooted in the Bible, Sanders says "it it is very biblical to enforce the law."— Aaron Rupar (@atrupar) June 14, 2018
She then calls @Acosta dumb, saying, "I know it's hard for you to understand even short sentences." pic.twitter.com/LnQrBUvDBe
Watters said Thursday evening that it was inappropriate for the reporters to interject with their opinions and have a “meltdown.”
“I don’t care if you have opinions like that,” Watters said. “Be an analyst. Go debate it on CNN on primetime but don’t pretend to be a non-partisan correspondent and then meltdown like that and embarrass your integrity.”