CNN’s Jim Acosta shouted a question at President Trump on Friday, “Will you stop calling the press the enemy of the people, sir?”
And later, he tweeted: “I tried to ask the president if he would stop calling us the enemy of the people. He did not respond.”
I tried to ask the president if he would stop calling us the enemy of the people. He did not respond.
— Jim Acosta (@Acosta) June 29, 2018
His question came after Trump’s speech on taxes, which the president opened with a statement on the fatal shooting at the Capital Gazette newsroom in Annapolis, Maryland.
A gunman claimed the lives of a sales assistant and four journalists.
Trump said of the tragedy, “Journalists, like all Americans, should be free from the fear of being violently attacked while doing their job.
As Acosta pointed out, Trump has been highly critical of the media, often saying that the news many outlets report is “fake” and referring to it as an “enemy.”
NBC News does note, “The suspected shooter’s apparent motive was apparently based on a personal vendetta he had with the newspaper for covering his arrest on harassment charges, though experts noted Thursday the increasing rancor journalists have confronted on the job.”