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 TrumpWhite House release Trumps' 2018 official Christmas portrait Three biggest immigration issues Congress needs to tackle The Hill's 12:30 Report — Trump rips Dems as shutdown looms | Congress deadlocked | Flynn associates charged will illegal lobbying 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 TrumpREAD: Transcript of James Comey's interview with House Republicans Klobuchar on 2020: ‘I do think you want voices from the Midwest’ Israel boycott fight roils Democrats in year-end spending debate 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.