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CNN reporter says White House warned him not to ask Donald Trump any question

US President Donald Trump has repeatedly derided CNN as “fake news”.

world Updated: Dec 13, 2017 08:38 IST
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US President Donald Trump has termed CNN ‘fake news’. (AP)

CNN’s Jim Acosta says he was warned by White House press secretary Sarah Sanders not to ask a question during President Donald Trump’s bill signing ceremony on Tuesday, further evidence of sour relations between the network and administration.

Acosta said Sanders told him that if he asked Trump a question, “she could not promise that I would be allowed into a pool spray again.”

Sanders did not immediately return a request for comment on Tuesday.

He was one of a handful of reporters allowed into the event, which has limited space, as part of a “pool” where they act as surrogates for the entire press corps.

He asked a question anyway, about a Trump tweet in which the President claimed New York senator Kirsten Gillibrand begged him for campaign contributions and would “do anything” for them. Acosta’s question went unanswered.

“We don’t respond to threats,” he said on CNN later. “We’re not going to be intimidated.”

Trump has repeatedly derided CNN as “fake news,” his ire driven over the past few days over an error that CNN made during a story last week about the investigation into collusion with Russia during the presidential campaign. Acosta and Sanders had a contentious exchange during Monday’s White House press briefing.

First Published: Dec 13, 2017 08:38 IST