KellyAnne Conway slammed CNN White House correspondent Jim Acosta today, calling him a “smart ass” after he pressed her on whether or not the President would tell the truth during tonight’s address to the nation, as the Daily Mail reports:
Conway, speaking to reporters in the White House driveway, didn’t hold back on her contempt for Acosta, telling him she was the ‘only one around here who gives you the time of day’ – a likely reference to her fellow administration officials – and that ‘a lot of these people don’t like you’ in reference to the members of the media watching the exchange.
The 60 second back-and-forth came ahead of Trump’s primetime speech on border security Tuesday night as the White House and Democrats remain at an impasse on ending the partial government shutdown.
Administration officials have been defending the president’s demand for $5.6 billion in border spending for his wall before he’ll agree to reopen the government. Conway was coming off an appearance on Fox News when she spoke to reporters in the White House drive way.
CNN’s Jim Acosta: “Kellyanne, can you promise the president will tell the truth tonight?”
Conway: “Yes, Jim. Do you promise that you will? … this is why I am one of the only people around here who even gives you the time of day…because you’re such a smartass most of the time” pic.twitter.com/8fZ1iycl9R
— Ryan Saavedra (@RealSaavedra) January 8, 2019
Counselor to the President Kellyanne Conway, right, and CNN journalist Jim Acosta, left, trade verbal jabs as she talked to reporters outside the White House about President Donald Trump's address to the Nation tonight. @Acosta @KellyannePolls pic.twitter.com/2YqzcGtyS5
— Doug Mills (@dougmillsnyt) January 8, 2019
Hapless liberal activist Jim Acosta get absolutely wrecked by Kellyanne Conway in this clip. This is worth a few moments of your time. 👇🏻 https://t.co/Sqf7c9C6bF
— Dan Bongino (@dbongino) January 8, 2019
Jim Acosta, tipical characteristics of an oppositional defiant malignant-covert narcissist aka atheist and/or-liberal pic.twitter.com/GXRXtmznY8
— Space Cat Psychologist (@magnetronmagne1) January 8, 2019
Acosta: ‘Can you promise that the president will tell the truth tonight? Will he tell the truth?’
Conway: ‘Yes Jim and can you promise that you will?’
Acosta: ‘I will. Absolutely.’
Conway: ‘The whole truth and nothing but the truth so help you god. Am I allowed to mention God to you?’
Acosta: ‘I’m not the one that has the alternative facts problem like you do. Will the president tell the truth?’
Conway: ‘Make sure that goes viral.’
Conway: ‘This is why I’m one of the only people around here who gives you the time of day.’
Acosta: ‘Can you guarantee that the president’s speech will pass a fact check?’
Conway: ‘Let me get back in your face because you’re such a smart ass most of the time and I know you want this to go viral, a lot of these people don’t like you. But just let me be respectful to the media at large as I always am, I explained that was alternative information and additional facts and I explained it many times. And don’t you put it back it my face for all the corrections that your network needs to issue. I was on your network 25 or 26 times in 2018 and I’m one of the last people here that even bothers to go on. And the disrespect that you show to me personally, I’ll just…