CNN's Acosta 'thanks' Mulvaney after exchange at press conference

CNN's chief White House correspondent Jim AcostaJames (Jim) AcostaWhite House press secretary says Trump will decide when she holds first press briefing Washington celebrates diplomacy — and baseball — at Meridian Ball CNN's Acosta 'thanks' Mulvaney after exchange at press conference MORE on Thursday offered his "thanks" to acting White House chief of staff Mick MulvaneyJohn (Mick) Michael MulvaneyDemocrats release two new transcripts ahead of next public impeachment hearings Impeachment guide: The 9 witnesses testifying this week The Hill's Morning Report - Week two of public impeachment testimony MORE after Mulvaney declined to answer a question during a press conference.

The reporter tweeted out to suggest that "Mulvaney refusing to take a question from CNN" during a press conference equated to a "badge of honor."

Acosta sat in the front row as Mulvaney called on more than 20 reporters to ask him questions during the rare appearance in the White House briefing room. 

Acosta attempted to ask Mulvaney a question while the White House official was defending President TrumpDonald John TrumpMost Americans break with Trump on Ukraine, but just 45 percent think he should be removed: poll Judge orders Democrats to give notice if they request Trump's NY tax returns Trump's doctor issues letter addressing 'speculation' about visit to Walter Reed MORE's foreign policy.

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"What about the Bidens?" Acosta interjected.

"Excuse me, I'm talking to Mr. Karl," Mulvaney said, referring to ABC News's Jonathan Karl.

When the acting chief of staff called on another reporter, Acosta continued his question.

"What about the Bidens, though Mr. Mulvaney, did that come into consideration—" Acosta started.

"I'm sorry, I don't know your name, but he's being very rude," Mulvaney said to the reporter he called on while referring to Acosta.

The White House correspondent also shouted after Mulvaney when he ended the conference, saying, "Why are you afraid of taking questions from CNN, sir?"

Acosta and the White House have clashed in the past, including last year when the White House revoked Acosta's press pass after he had a heated exchange with the president during a press conference.

The CNN reporter's pass was restored after a federal district court judge ordered the White House to return the pass.