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Enemy of the people? CNN's Acosta defends press, and himself

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16.06.2019

Wherever CNN White House correspondent Jim Acosta goes, he's followed by the g-word, grandstand. He even heard it when he met Ted Olson, the former U.S. solicitor general who was part of the legal team that beat back President Donald Trump's attempt to pull Acosta's reporting pass.

"I can't believe there is grandstanding going on at the White House," Olson told him, and they both laughed, Acosta recounts in his new book.

Usually, it's no laughing matter. Trump's detractors love Acosta's willingness to talk back to the president in attention-getting confrontations. Trump's supporters seethe. Acosta takes Trump on again with the book, "The Enemy of the People," which uses as its title the derisive phrase the president calls the press.

The incident that required Olson's intervention came after a contentious White House news conference last November at which Acosta was called on and said, "I wanted to challenge you on one of the statements that you made in the tail end of the campaign in the midterms."

"Here we go," Trump said, and off they went.

It ended with a back-and-forth about how many questions Acosta got to ask, and a White House intern unsuccessfully trying to grab Acosta's microphone. The administration later pulled Acosta's pass to the White House grounds, triggering the court battle won by CNN.

"Jim Acosta is just somebody who gets up and........

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