Acosta vs. Huckabee Sanders: Shouldn't You Have The Guts To Name Which Journalists Are The Enemy of The People?


Sarah Huckabee Sanders explained President Trump's tweet calling "the fake news media" the "true enemy of the people" at Monday's White House briefing. Sanders said "those individuals probably know who they are" when asked by CNN's Jim Acosta.

SARAH HUCKABEE SANDERS, WHITE HOUSE: That's a decision for individual candidates to make. I think the President has an incredible story to tell, he's had a historic first two years, a number of successes that I think any Republican running for office should be proud of. Jim (ph)?

JIM ACOSTA, CNN: Sarah, yeah, I wanted to ask you (inaudible), who was spokesperson over at DHS under General Kelly -- Chief of Staff Kelly (inaudible) Pentagon tweeted this morning I -- I dealt with the news media nearly every day, I know quite a bit about the press, I know this, they are not the enemy of the American people.

Shouldn't you reserve the term enemy for people who are actually the enemy of the United States rather than journalists?

SANDERS: The President's not referencing all media, he's talking about the growing amount of fake news that exists in the country and the President's calling that out.

QUESTION: May I -- may I ask a follow up? May I -- may I ask a follow up please? May I ask a follow up, please?

SANDERS: Go ahead, Jim (ph).

QUESTION: My -- my -- since you mentioned that, the President said this morning that the fake news media, the true enemy of the people must stop the open and obvious hostility, report the news accurately and fairly.

Can you state for the record which outlets that you and the President regard as the enemy of the people?

SANDERS: I'm not going to walk through a list, but I think those individuals probably know who they are.

QUESTION: That -- would that -- would that include my outlet, which received a bomb last week?

SANDERS: I -- I don't -- I don't think it's necessarily specific to a general -- broad generalization of a full outlet. At times, I think there's individuals that the President would be referencing. Jordan (ph)?


QUESTION: ... obviously you're not going to state -- you're not going to state for the record then -- I mean if the President is going to say the fake news media are the enemy of the people, and if you're going to stand there and continue to say there are some journalists, some news outlets in this country that meet that -- that characterization, shouldn't you have the guts Sarah to state which outlets, which journalists are the enemy of the people?

SANDERS: Well I think it's irresponsible of a news organization like yours to blame responsibility of a pipe bomb that was not sent by the President -- not just blame the President, but blame members of his administration for those heinous acts. I think that is outrageous, and I think it's irresponsible.

Gordon, go ahead.

QUESTION: Come on, Sarah, we didn't say that the president...

SANDERS: Jim (ph), I've given you three questions.

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