(USA Features) President Donald Trump took CNN correspondent Jim Acosta to task on Tuesday for his network’s inaccurate reporting regarding Russia during a press conference in India, where he met with Prime Minister Narendra Modi to sign security and trade agreements.
At one point, Acosta, who has clashed with Trump often in the past, asked if he would “pledge to the American people that you will not accept any foreign assistance in the upcoming election,” while also questioning his pick of new acting Director of National Intelligence Richard Grenell.
“First of all, I want no help from any country,” Trump said.
“And I haven’t been given help from any country, and if you see what CNN, your wonderful network, said, I guess they apologized in a way for — didn’t they apologize for the fact that they said certain things that weren’t true? Tell me, what was their apology yesterday? What did they say?”
The president was referencing recent media reports claiming that Russia was attempting to interfere on his behalf in the 2020 elections, which was later refuted in subsequent reports.
“Mr. President, I think our record on delivering the truth is a lot better than yours sometimes, if you don’t mind me saying,” Acosta replied.
“Let me tell you about your record — your record is so bad, you ought to be ashamed of yourself,” Trump snapped in response.
“I’m not ashamed of anything, and our organization is not ashamed,” Acosta said.
“You probably have the worst record in the history of broadcasting,” the president responded.