CNN's Jim Acosta made a bizarre request at the highly anticipated news conference Wednesday from President Donald Trump, and the president responded with a quizzical look.
"What does he mean by that?"
The president was defending his nomination to the Supreme Court, Brett Kavanaugh, at the press conference when Acosta asked his question.
"If you mind, after I'm finished," Acosta said, naming several female reporters, "one of our female colleagues could go after me."
"What does he mean by that?" Trump asked. "Explain?"
“I think it would be great if a female reporter would ask you a question about this issue," Acosta added.
"I wouldn't mind that at all," Trump responded. "It wouldn't make any difference."
"Why is it, Mr. President, that you always seem to side with the accused and not the accuser?" Acosta continued. "You have three women here, who are all making allegations, who are all asking that their stories be head. And you know if you look at the case with Roy Moore, if you look at the case of one of your staffers, you seem to time and again side with the accused, and not with the accuser."
"Is that because of the many allegations that you've had made against you over the years?" he added.
Trump responded that he wasn't happy with Moore, who had been accused of sexual harassment, but that he wanted a Republican to win and not a Democrat. He continued on to explain that even if he had picked a woman for the Supreme Court seat that allegations might be made against her as well.
Here's the video of Acosta accosting the president:
Acosta was criticized by some on social media for grabbing the spotlight at a White House press conference, a frequent charge against the CNN journalist.
Jim Acosta—rather than hand the microphone over to a female colleague—asks Trump if a female colleague can ask him… https://t.co/0BQUPdWIrr— John McCormack (@John McCormack)1537996425.0
"Jim Acosta—rather than hand the microphone over to a female colleague—asks Trump if a female colleague can ask him about Kavanaugh *after* Acosta gets done talking," noted John McCormack of the Weekly Standard.