Trump campaign manager repeats call for Acosta’s credentials be suspended: ‘An absolute disgrace’
President Trump‘s 2020 campaign manager is repeating his call for Jim Acosta’s press credentials to be suspended, saying CNN’s chief White House correspondent is “an absolute disgrace” for interrupting a signing ceremony during the summit between President Trump and North Korean Leader Kim Jong Un.
“Jim @Acosta should immediately have his press credentials suspended. He is an absolute disgrace!” wrote Brad Parscale to his 100,000 Twitter followers on Tuesday afternoon.
— Brad Parscale (@parscale) June 12, 2018
A report from the conservative Daily Wire apparently sparked Parscale’s ire. It said that Acosta shouted questions during the ceremony in Singapore, where Trump and Kim signed a general agreement to denuclearize the Korean Peninsula in exchange for unspecified “security measures” from the United States.
“Mr. President, did we agree to denuclearize?” Acosta asked as Trump was signing a document.
”Starting that process very quickly, very, very quickly. Absolutely,” Trump replied.
Acosta followed up with another question, asking, “Did you talk about Otto Warmbier, sir?”
Warmbier was a college student who was imprisoned by North Korea and died shortly after he returned to the U.S. last year
Acosta on Tuesday mocked a Fox News report critical of him for asking the questions during the ceremony.
“Democracy… drink it in people,” he tweeted.
Democracy… drink it in people. https://t.co/lKew4PnbWK
— Jim Acosta (@Acosta) June 12, 2018
Parscale also called for Acosta’s credentials to be suspended earlier this year.
“Maybe it is time for Jim Acosta to get a suspension for breaking protocol. He continues to embarrass himself and @CNN. Pull his credentials for each incident,” he tweeted on April 2 after Acosta shouted questions at the president during the annual White House Easter Egg Roll.
— Brad Parscale (@parscale) April 2, 2018
Acosta responded to Parscale at the time on Twitter.
“Just doing my job,” he tweeted. “Which is protected by the First Amendment of The Constitution. You might want to give it a read.”
Acosta, who regularly tangles with White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders during the daily press briefing, was promoted to chief White House correspondent by CNN back in January.