White House counselor Kellyanne Conway clashes with CNN reporter Jim Acosta as she touts President Donald Trump’s right to do what is necessary to keep the country safe, hours before his first Oval Office speech to the nation.
JIM ACOSTA, CNN: Can you promise that the president will tell the truth tonight? Will he tell the truth?
KELLYANNE CONWAY: Yes, Jim, and do you promise that you will?
ACOSTA: I will.
CONWAY: The whole truth and nothing but the truth, under God. Am I allowed to mention God to you?
ACOSTA: I don’t have an ‘alternative facts’ problem like you do.
CONWAY: Um, no. Jim that’s a cheap shot, make sure that goes viral. By the way, this is why I’m one of the only people around here who still gives you the time of day.
Let me get back in your face, because you’re such a smartass, and I know you want this to go viral. A lot of these people don’t like you.
But let me just be respectful to the media writ large, as I always am. I explained that that was alternative information and additional facts and I explained it many times. Don’t you put it back in my face, for all the corrections that your network needs to issue. I was on your network 25-26 times in 2018, I’m one of the last people here who even bothered to go on. And the disrespect that you show to me personally, I’ll just look past. And don’t call me ma’am to make it up.