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

CNN's chief White House correspondent Jim AcostaJames (Jim) AcostaWhat Trump got right White House excludes CNN from annual SOTU media lunch Trump unveils Space Force logo MORE on Thursday offered his "thanks" to acting White House chief of staff Mick MulvaneyJohn (Mick) Michael MulvaneyMulvaney confirms he'd have to take a pay cut to be permanent White House chief of staff The Hill's Morning Report — Sanders, Dems zero in on Super Tuesday Issues with CDC coronavirus test pose challenges for expanded screening 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. 

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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.