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Steve Mnuchin rebukes CNN's Jim Acosta during presser: 'That's the most ridiculous question I've ever heard'


The smart-mouthed White House correspondent wasn't allowed a follow-up query

Mike Pompeo, U.S. secretary of state, left, and Steven Mnuchin, U.S. Treasury secretary (Tom Brenner/Bloomberg via Getty Images)

Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin had little patience for CNN White House correspondent Jim Acosta's disrespect toward the Trump administration during a press conference Tuesday, telling the reporter, "That's the most ridiculous question I've ever heard."

What are the details?

During a news conference following the departure of National Security Adviser John Bolton, Mnuchin fielded questions from the press corps along with Secretary of State Mike Pompeo.

"Is this national security team a mess?" Acosta asked after being called on.

"Absolutely not," Mnuchin replied. "That's the most ridiculous question I've ever heard of."

The Treasury Secretary added, "The national security team, which is what you asked, consists of the national security adviser, the secretary of defense, the secretary of state, myself, the chief of staff and many others."

According to Fox News, Acosta "attempted to follow up but Pompeo quickly called on Daily Caller White House correspondent Amber Athey to ask the next question."

The Washington Examiner shared footage of the clip on Twitter, which was picked up and retweeted by former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee (R) who suggested Acosta "should know that a mess is what CNN has become."

Anything else?

Acosta has clashed with administration officials several times since President Donald Trump took office, even having his press pass revoked last year after engaging in a heated exchange with the president himself.

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