The Trump transition team’s calls for an apology from CNN correspondent Jim Acosta are being met by something else: a strong statement from CNN supporting Acosta.
“Being persistent and asking tough questions is his job, and he has our complete support,” the network said Monday morning.
Acosta attracted President-elect Donald Trump’s ire during a contentious press conference last Wednesday. After Trump criticized CNN from the podium, Acosta interjected and forcefully tried to ask a question.
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“I felt it was only fair that if our news organization is going to be attacked, that we get a chance to ask a follow-up question about what Donald Trump was talking about,” Acosta said on television afterward.
Incoming White House press secretary Sean Spicer has repeatedly said that Acosta should apologize.
Story By: Brian Stelter from CNN
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