Sean Spicer Tells KDKA Radio If He Would Have Revoked Acosta's Press Credentials

Larry Richert and John Shumway
November 09, 2018 - 10:30 am
Sean Spicer

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PITTSBURGH (Newsradio 1020 KDKA) - President Donald Trump and CNN White House Correspondent Jim Acosta made headlines after exchanging words during a press conference earlier in the week.

The argument ended with Acosta’s press credential being revoked. 

Sean Spicer, 28th White House Press Secretary, joined KDKA Radio on Friday to tell us how he would have handled the situation.  

Why are things so combative between the president and the press?

“I am an ardent supporter of having a free, fair and robust press. I think that’s essential to our democracy. There are a lot of really good reporters. There are a lot that are in the White House press core now that are civil, respectful and professional,” Spicer said.

“What you see, is there are too many folks who have made it about themselves, wanting to do sensational things and engage in antics that will make them the story.”

Would you have taken Jim Acosta’s press credential?

“It’s tough to answer because I went through several alliterations where I had to deal with stuff like that,” Spicer added.

“I’ve always come down on the – let them keep it, they can come in, it’s a free country and free press. I also think you don’t reward them.”

What did you find fascinating about the dispute between the president and Jim Acosta?

“It is highly disrespectful to his colleagues who also would like an opportunity to ask a question. It’s not Acosta’s press briefing, it’s the presidents,” Spicer explains.

“There are other press members that also have constituencies that have issues that they would like addressed by the president.”

What are you doing now?

“I launched a podcast called ‘Everything’s Going to be Alright,’” Spicer tells KDKA Radio.

“I do it with Katie Pavlich from We sit back and breakdown the politics, pop culture and policies that are affecting people’s lives here in Washington.”

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