CNN's Acosta sends private message to former Melania Trump aide: 'F--- you'

CNN chief White House correspondent Jim Acosta sent a direct message to a Twitter follower that read "F--- you" after being mocked on the social media platform on Thursday night.

Direct messages can only be seen by the sender and receiver, but Justin Caporale, a former aide to first lady Melania TrumpMelania TrumpThe Hill's 12:30 Report: Trump steps up attacks on McCain White House announces spring garden tour dates Trump heard sermon on calling out hate speech at St. Patrick's day church service MORE, made Acosta's message public by tweeting it to his own followers.

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The response came after Caporale jokingly responded to an Acosta tweet reporting on a rally in Montana featuring President TrumpDonald John TrumpTrump mocks wind power: 'When the wind doesn't blow, just turn off the television' Pentagon investigator probing whether acting chief boosted former employer Boeing Trump blasts McCain, bemoans not getting 'thank you' for funeral MORE on Thursday.

"Tonight the Trump campaign/WH turned up the music so loud the press risers were vibrating," wrote Acosta. "Nearly impossible to do live TV. I suppose the WH loves those kinds of shenanigans. But I wonder if it’s a security concern for [United States Secret Service] or local law enforcement. They can’t hear either."

 

Caporale responded by writing "Dear Diary..." in an attempt to mock Acosta.

 

“Fuck you,” Acosta wrote to Caporale, using Twitter's private direct message option.

Caporale, who resigned as the first lady's director of operations in March, then shared Acosta's message on Twitter.

He also allowed a reporter from the Daily Caller, Peter J. Hasson, to log on to his Twitter account and verify the message.

 

After reports began to surface of Acosta's message to Caporale, the reporter publicly apologized while stating he thought Caporale was "an old friend from the campaign days."

"Hey buddy I thought you were an old friend from the campaign days. I’m so sorry. Hope I didn’t offend you. Have a good night and take care," Acosta wrote.

 

Acosta was promoted to chief White House correspondent by CNN earlier this year.