CNN reporter Jim Acosta requested President Trump whether or not “considered one of our feminine colleagues” could possibly be known as on after he questioned the president at a Wednesday press convention in New York Metropolis, prompting Trump to query Acosta’s protocol request.
“What does he imply by that,” Trump requested.
In a collection of crosstalk, throughout which Trump repeatedly requested him to “clarify,” Acosta mentioned he thought “it will be nice if a feminine reporter would ask you a query about this situation.”
The president replied: “I wouldn’t thoughts that in any respect, no.”
As Acosta started to talk once more, Trump added: “Would not make any distinction to me.”
The president did name on a feminine reporter after Acosta concluded his questioning.
The trade occurred whereas the president held a information convention and was requested numerous questions concerning Thursday’s extremely anticipated Capitol Hill listening to with Supreme Court docket nominee Brett Kavanaugh and Christine Blasey Ford, a lady who’s accused him of sexual assault.
Kavanaugh has since been accused by two extra ladies of separate incidents of alleged sexual misconduct.
Acosta took the second to ask Trump why he “all the time appear to aspect with the accused and never the accuser.”
“You may have three ladies right here who’re all making allegations, who’re all asking that their tales be heard,” Acosta continued. “And you understand, should you take a look at the case of Roy Moore, should you take a look at the case of considered one of your staffers, you appear to repeatedly aspect with the accused and never the accuser. Is that due to the numerous allegations that you simply’ve had made towards you through the years?”
Trump started by addressing Moore, the Republican candidate from Alabama who unsuccessfully ran in a particular Senate election final yr and confronted a number of allegations of previous sexual misconduct. Trump mentioned he “wasn’t proud of” Moore however would’ve most well-liked that “a Republican candidate win.”
“So far as ladies, whether or not it’s a person or a lady, these are … you understand it may occur the opposite approach, allegations can go the opposite approach additionally. You perceive that,” Trump mentioned. “However I may decide a lady and she or he may have expenses comprised of a few years in the past additionally.”
Acosta went on to recommend that “many of those accusers are reluctant to come back ahead,” a notion with which Trump disagreed.
“They’ve a significant likelihood to talk,” Trump added. “And will probably be tomorrow I assume. We’ve delayed this – which means the Republican Senators, not me – the Republican Senators have delayed this for weeks now. They’re giving the ladies a significant likelihood to talk. Now it’s attainable I’ll hear that and I’ll say, ‘Hey, I’m altering my thoughts.’ That’s attainable.”
When requested whether or not all three of Kavanaugh’s accusers “ought to have an opportunity to talk,” Trump replied: “Nicely, whoever is given an opportunity.”