WH Press Secretary to Reporter: If Trump Watched a Lot of CNN, ‘Your Numbers Would Be Higher’

By Melanie Arter | January 11, 2018 | 8:35pm EST
White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders (Screenshot of White House video)

(CNSNews.com) - White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders took CNN White House Correspondent Jim Acosta to task during Thursday’s White House press briefing over the cable network’s ratings.

Acosta asked Sanders a question about a tweet he wrote about the FISA court and whether he tweets about things he sees on “Fox & Friends.”

“And a quick follow-up on FISA. There seems to be a pattern -- and correct me if I’m wrong, if there is no pattern -- where the president watches something on ‘Fox & Friends’ and then he tweets about it,” Acosta said.

“Apparently, this morning, one of their personalities, Andrew Napolitano, said that, 'This is not a good deal, Mr. President. Don't do this.' And then he went on Twitter and tweeted about the FISA program,” he added.

“There have been folks out there who have said, there’s a cause and effect: He watches something on ‘Fox & Friends,’ and then he tweets about it. Is that what happened this morning? And does that go on?” Acosta asked.

“I’m sure you're disappointed that he’s not watching CNN, but--” Sanders said.

“I think he watches a lot of CNN, if you don't mind me saying,” Acosta said.

“I don't think that's true. Your numbers would be higher,” Sanders replied.

“They're actually better than they've been in a long time,” Acosta said. “We can keep going.

“No, let’s not. In response to the question, as I just said, the President has a great deal of understanding. This is top of mind. He was talking about it last week. He issued a presidential memo on it, so it’s not something that just happened this morning. This has been an ongoing discussion and something of great importance,” Sanders said.

“The president doesn't believe that Americans’ rights or liberties should be abused, but he certainly believes that Americans should be protected, and he wants to make sure we do both of those things. And that's why he supports the 702, but has concern with FISA more generally,” she added.


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