Reporters defend CNN's Acosta after White House says he 'disrespected' Trump with question

Members of the media defended CNN’s Jim Acosta after the White House accused him of “disrespecting” President TrumpDonald TrumpVeteran accused in alleged border wall scheme faces new charges Arizona Republicans to brush off DOJ concern about election audit FEC drops investigation into Trump hush money payments MORE during a press conference on Friday.

White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said Saturday that officials canceled a scheduled interview with the network and national security adviser John Bolton over the back-and-forth between Acosta and Trump.

CNN’s “State of the Union” host Jake Tapper tweeted earlier Saturday that the White House had intervened and canceled an interview scheduled for Sunday with Bolton, who “remains fully prepared to do the interview.”

But Sanders tweeted back at Tapper, saying that the White House canceled Bolton's appearance because the administration did not want to reward "bad behavior."


“Actually a @CNN reporter disrespected @POTUS & PM May during their press [conference],” Sanders tweeted in response. “Instead of rewarding bad behavior, we decided to reprioritize the TV appearances for administration officials.”

Sanders was referring to Trump's refusal to take questions from the network on Friday during an international press conference with British Prime Minister Theresa May.

Trump lashed out at CNN after reporter Jim Acosta tried to ask him a question.

“CNN is fake news. I don’t take questions from CNN,” Trump responded.

“Let’s go to a real network,” he added, giving a question to Fox News's John Roberts.

“Well we’re a real network too, sir,” Acosta responded as Roberts began asking his question.

Trump then bragged on Twitter about his “takedown” of Acosta, falsely stating that CNN did not cover the altercation.

Journalists and media members were quick to point out that Acosta’s so-called bad behavior was asking a question.

“Come on,” Maggie Haberman of The New York Times tweeted. “All Acosta did was try to ask a question. Something that has taken place in previous administrations for, well, forever.”

Acosta’s CNN colleague Brian Stelter pointed out that Acosta defended the network after Trump called it “fake news.”

“ 'Disrespected?' After Trump insulted CNN, Acosta said, 'Mr. President, since you attacked CNN, can I ask you a question?' Then Acosta said CNN is real, not fake. And that's that,” Stelter tweeted.

Others defended Acosta, saying he was doing his job as a journalist.