Acosta to Kimmel: I dare Trump 'to sit down with me'

CNN chief White House correspondent Jim Acosta on Wednesday dared President TrumpDonald John TrumpTrump nominates ambassador to Turkey Trump heads to Mar-a-Lago after signing bill to avert shutdown CNN, MSNBC to air ad turned down by Fox over Nazi imagery MORE to do a one-on-one interview with while making an appearance on Jimmy Kimmel's late-night talk show on ABC.

"Do you dare the president to sit down for an interview with you?" asked Kimmel.

Acosta replied that he did “dare” the president to sit down with him, but declared that the interview would be about “the news.”

"I dare him to sit down with me," Acosta said. "And, you know — listen, it’s not as if we’re going to go in there, you know, kamikaze, you know, ramming speed. We would do what we always do. Which is do the news," he added to the comedian and host.

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"I love watching you torment them," Kimmel, a frequent critic of the president, responded. "It's a small consolation, it really is."

"It's a living. It pays the bills," Acosta replied.

President Trump regularly calls CNN "fake news" and notably jousted with Acosta in January 2017 while president-elect when the correspondent repeatedly made attempts to ask a question while interrupting the president.

"Your organization is terrible," Trump said directly to Acosta at the time.

"You're attacking us. Can you give us a question?” Acosta shot back.

"Don't be rude. No, I'm not going to give you a question. You are fake news," Trump responded before moving on to another reporter.

The president has not appeared on CNN in 21 months.

Acosta also told Kimmel he has a "good" relationship with White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders, saying she still speaks to him by phone outside of press briefings.

"I try to have a good relationship with them. Sean SpicerSean Michael SpicerEx-White House aide Cliff Sims sues Trump White House announces changes in press office Former White House aide says he's not worried about lawsuit over tell-all book MORE was one of my sources before he was the White House press secretary. You know, he [Spicer] took my calls ... Even after we had our confrontations, he would take my calls. Sarah does the same as well."

Acosta has gone back and forth with Sanders at numerous press briefings and questioned her courage in a tweet in March after one briefing when she didn't call on him.

"Third press briefing in a row that @PressSec did not take a question from CNN," Acosta wrote on March 5, adding the hashtag "#courage."

 

Sanders responded by writing that "courage isn’t taking 'a question from CNN,' Jim. Courage is combat veterans Sgt. Peck and Staff Sgt. Dwyer - the two heroes at the briefing." while adding the hashtag "#itsnotaboutyou." 

 

Acosta, 47, was promoted to the position of chief White House correspondent earlier this year.

His previous title was senior White House correspondent.