President Trump told reporters exactly how he felt about the fallout with CNN reporter Jim Acosta and Acosta’s suspension handed down by Press Secretary Sanders.
“I think Jim Acosta is a very unprofessional man,” Trump said. “I don’t think he’s a smart person but he’s got a loud voice,” Trump added.
The president continued by implying that Acosta had no regard for the White House as the “sacred place” that it was. “You have to treat the White House with respect. You have to treat the presidency with respect. If you’ve ever seen him dealing with Sarah Huckabee Sanders, it’s a disgrace.”
While Acosta’s actions have been defended by some, he has been taken to task by journalistic organizations as well. The Poynter Institute chastised Acosta claiming his action’s didn’t “represent the best of journalism.”
Poynter Institute staff Al Tompkins and Kelly McBride stated that Acosta’s demonstration was “less about asking questions and more about making statements.” They continued that, “In doing so, the CNN White House reporter gave President Donald Trump room to critique Acosta’s professionalism.”