Trump campaign manager calls for CNN’s Acosta to have his press credentials revoked
While at the Easter Egg Roll, President Trump was asked about DACA. Here's what he said. https://t.co/2EwxQofMNn
— Meg Wagner (@megwagner) April 2, 2018
President Trump’s 2020 campaign manager is calling for Jim Acosta to be stripped of his press credentials after the CNN White House correspondent questioned Trump during the White House Easter Egg Roll on Monday.
Brad Parscale shared an article from The Daily Caller, which reported that Acosta “yelled at Trump” during the event.
Parscale said in his tweet that he thinks it is time for Acosta to “get a suspension for breaking protocol.”
“He continues to embarrass himself and @CNN,” Parscale wrote. “Pull his credentials for each incident.”
— Brad Parscale (@parscale) April 2, 2018
“Should the DACA kids worry?” Acosta asked the president, referring to immigrants who came to the country illegally as children and are protected under the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program.
“The Democrats have really let them down,“ Trump responded. “They really let them down. It’s a shame. A lot of people have taken advantage of DACA. It’s a shame.”
Acosta then pressed Trump, asking, “Didn’t you kill DACA?”
Trump, who rescinded DACA in September, tweeted on Sunday that there would be “no more DACA deal.” He did not respond to Acosta’s follow-up question.
Acosta later responded to Parscale’s comment in a tweet.
“Just doing my job,” Acosta tweeted. “Which is protected by the First Amendment of The Constitution. You might want to give it a read.”
Just doing my job.. which is protected by the First Amendment of The Constitution. You might want to give it a read. https://t.co/lbUZmxGPJO
— Jim Acosta (@Acosta) April 2, 2018
Acosta has in the past butted heads with Trump and White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders.
Trump has been highly critical of CNN’s coverage of his presidency, often referring to the network as “Fake News CNN.” Earlier this year, Trump labeled the network’s correspondent “Crazy Jim Acosta” in a tweet.
Acosta claimed in December that Sanders warned him not to ask Trump a question during a bill-signing event, threatening that he would not be allowed at future press events if he did. Acosta also sparred with Sanders after she did not call on CNN for questions at three straight press briefings.