Acosta Scolds Trump to Call on Female Reporters at Press Conference

September 26, 2018

CNN White House correspondent Jim Acosta scolded President Donald Trump to call on female reporters to ask questions about Brett Kavanaugh during his press conference on Wednesday.

Trump called on four straight male reporters to begin a rare solo press conference in New York City, and Acosta, known for his showboating style of reporting, couldn't resist.

"Thank you very much," Acosta said. "If you don't mind, after I'm finished, if ... one of our female colleauges could go after me, that would be great." He gave a few first names of some of the other members of the press corps, including NBC News reporter Hallie Jackson.

Trump interrupted his question, asking him to explain what he meant.

"I think it would be great if a female reporter would ask you a question about this issue, so if you don't mind—" Acosta said.

"I wouldn't mind that at all, no," Trump said. "Wouldn't make any difference to me."

Acosta went on to ask why it seemed Trump generally sided with the "accused" rather than the "accuser," in relation to the sexual misconduct allegations against Kavanaugh. Trump has backed Kavanaugh and called Senate Democratic maneuvers against him a "con job."

Trump defended his backing of Roy Moore, who faced multiple charges of sexual misconduct with underage women during his Alabama Senate race, saying he wanted a Republican to win that race.

Trump wound up calling on Jackson next at the conference.

Acosta has sparred with Trump on multiple occasions and suggested leading journalists in chants outside the White House that they are not the "enemy of the people." Trump has repeatedly called him "fake news."