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Kellyanne Conway slaps down 'smarta**' Jim Acosta during White House presser

Top adviser to President Donald Trump told CNN reporter other press corps members 'don't like you'

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Presidential counselor Kellyanne Conway slapped down comments made by CNN White House correspondent Jim Acosta on Tuesday, calling him a "smartass" and telling him that a lot of his colleagues don't think much of him.

What are the details?

During a news conference in the White House driveway regarding President Donald Trump's planned speech to the nation Tuesday evening, Acosta asked Conway, "Can you promise that the president will tell the truth tonight?"

"Yes, Jim, and can you promise me that you will?" Conway fired back. "The whole truth and nothing but the truth, so help you God? Am I allowed to mention God to you?"

"I will, absolutely," Acosta responded, sassing back to Conway, "I'm not the one who has the alternative facts problem, like you do."

Conway wasn't having it.

She told Acosta, "By the way, this is why I'm one of the only people around here who even gives you the time of day. And let me get back in your face, because you're such a smartass most of the time, and I know you want this to go viral."

Conway then pointed out to the press corps and told Acosta, "A lot of these people don't like you."

The White House adviser went on to say, "But let me just be respectful to the media at large, because I always am: I explained that was alternative information and additional facts and I explained it many times. And don't you put it back in my face, for all the corrections that your network needs to issue."

Referring to Acosta's employer, CNN, Conway continued, "I was on your network 25 or 26 times in 2018, and one of the last people here who even bother to go on, and the disrespect that you show to me personally, I'll just look past."

Acosta tried to press further, saying, "Ma'am, I..." before Conway cut him off and scolded, "No, no, don't call me 'ma'am' to try to make it up."

Isn't that the guy?

Acosta isn't a popular guy around the White House. His press corps credentials were pulled by the administration in November after he engaged in a heated exchange with President Trump. The reporter's press pass was eventually returned on the orders of a federal judge.

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