Trump administration advisor and former campaign manager, Kellyanne Conway engaged in a heated exchange with CNN’s Jim Acosta when the reporter asked some pointed and provocative questions about President Donald Trump.
Conway’s interaction with reporters outside the White House centered around the president’s upcoming speech.
A few minutes into the question and answer session, Acosta asked Conway, “Can you promise that the president will tell the truth tonight? Will he tell the truth?”
Conway answered, “Yes Jim and can you promise that you will?”
Acosta: “I will. Absolutely.”
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Conway: “The whole truth and nothing but the truth so help you, God? Am I allowed to mention God to you?”
Acosta persisted, asking the provocative question again: “I’m not the one that has the alternative facts problem like you do.
Will the president tell the truth?”
Conway then made a comment about Acosta’s apparent enjoyment of the media spotlight and to him to, “make sure that goes viral.”
She went on to tell the CNN correspondent that, “This is why I’m one of the only people around here who gives you the time of day.”
Acosta was undeterred: “Can you guarantee that the president’s speech will pass a fact check?”
Conway: “Let me get back in your face because you’re such a smart ass most of the time and I know you want this to go viral, a lot of these people don’t like you. But just let me be respectful to the media at large as I always am, I explained that was alternative information and additional facts and I explained it many times. And don’t you put it back it my face for all the corrections that your network needs to issue. I was on your network 25 or 26 times in 2018 and I’m one of the last people here that even bothers to go on. And the disrespect that you show to me personally, I’ll just look past”
Acosta: “Ma’am I just asked you if the president will tell the truth tonight.”
Conway: “Don’t call me ma’am just to make it up.”
Following her exchange with Acosta, Conway said, “I think the president is going to bring his case directly to the American people.”
“I know you’re covering it, but he also needs to cut out the middle man because there’s a lot of uh, misstatement and lies told about him routinely every day,” Conway said, turning back toward Acosta.
“So he needs to make sure that he can get his message directly to the American people.