President-elect Donald Trump held a press conference today, which marked his first press conference since his victorious presidential election. During the presser, Trump attacked Buzzfeed and CNN for reporting about an alleged intelligence file claiming that Russians had damaging personal information on Trump.
Shortly after President-elect Donald Trump’s tense exchange with CNN senior White House reporter Jim Acosta during his press conference Wednesday, Acosta reported to CNN hosts Jake Tapper and Wolf Blitzer that RNC spokesman and incoming Trump White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer threatened to eject him from the press conference if he interrupted again.
“After I asked and I guess demanded that we have a question, Sean Spicer, the incoming press secretary did say to me that if I were to do that again, I was going to be thrown out of this press conference,” Acosta recounted.
“Of course, Wolf, I had to persist there and try to get that question asked.”
He added, “Because of the need to go back and forth with Donald Trump on these key questions, a lot of policy questions did not get asked.”
CNN has stood by their decision to report the existence of the alleged file, although other media outlets (including NBC) are also now questioning some of the facts reported by CNN. CNN has themselves confirmed that at least one of the allegations contained in the file pertaining to Trump aide Michael Cohen is provably untrue, although CNN has never reported on the file’s contents or alleged that they were true; merely that the file existed and was given to both Trump and President Obama.
Meanwhile, Buzzfeed has drawn nearly universal condemnation for its decision to publish the salacious details of the alleged Russian dossier, even though, by their own admission, the accounts are “unverified” and “unverifiable.”