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Sanders And Acosta Spar Over Trump's 'Enemy Of The People' Comments

CNN's Jim Acosta wanted press secretary Sarah Sanders to definitively say the media is not the "enemy of the people."
Posted at 9:33 PM, Aug 02, 2018

A tense moment between press secretary Sarah Sanders and CNN journalist Jim Acosta on Thursday has a lot of people talking.

"But for the sake of this room, the people who are in this room, this democracy, this country, all the people around the world are watching what you're saying, Sarah. And the White House, for the United States of America, the president of the United States should not refer to us as the enemy of the people. His own daughter acknowledges that, and all I'm asking you to do, Sarah, is to acknowledge that right now and right here," Acosta asked.      

"I appreciate your passion; I share it. I've addressed this question. I've addressed my personal feelings. I'm here to speak on behalf of the president, and he's made his comments clear," Sanders responded.

President Donald Trump repeatedly calls the media the "enemy of the people." Just ahead of Thursday's press briefing, Ivanka Trump broke with her father, saying, "I do not feel the media is the enemy of the people." Her comment is partially what spurred Acosta's request.

Sanders often stands by the president when asked about his controversial comments and instead opts to let his words and tweets speak for themselves. Just one day prior, she defended Trump's tweet that called for special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation to be ended, calling it his "opinion."

As for the use of the phrase, the president tweeted a response Thursday afternoon, saying: "They asked my daughter Ivanka whether or not the media is the enemy of the people. She correctly said no. It is the FAKE NEWS, which is a large percentage of the media, that is the enemy of the people!"