Huckabee Sanders Slams Jim Acosta: 'Courage Isn't Taking a Question From CNN'

White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders / Getty
March 5, 2018

White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders on Monday pushed back against CNN chief White House correspondent Jim Acosta for questioning her "courage" after she did not call on him during the daily briefing.

Sanders was already walking away from the podium when Acosta tried to ask his question.

"Third press briefing in a row that @PressSec did not take a question from CNN. #courage," Acosta tweeted after the briefing. Acosta has sparred frequently with President Donald Trump and White House officials.

Sanders pushed back against Acosta and said that "courage" isn’t taking "a question from CNN." She then defined courage as "combat veterans Sgt. Peck and Staff Sgt. Dwyer - the two heroes at the briefing."

The press secretary signaled the briefing was over after she answered a question from Playboy White House correspondent Brian Karem—a CNN contributor—prompting Acosta to shout out a question as she was walking out.

"Sarah, can I ask a question? Sarah, that's the third briefing you've not taken a question from CNN. Do you expect the Justice Department to enforce all subpoenas, Sarah?" Acosta asked.