CNN's Jim Acosta: Trump's retaliation tactics will "not deter us" from reporting on him
Acosta: "If it is retaliation, that's not going to deter us from what we are doing over here. We are going to continue to ask these hard questions"
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From the June 9 edition of CNN's The Situation Room with Wolf Blitzer:
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WOLF BLITZER (HOST): Jim, as you know, you were there, the president took questions from two U.S. news outlets at that news conference, but I understand, and tell me if this is true, CNN was placed away from the other TV networks further in the back? What happened there?
JIM ACOSTA: That's right, Wolf. We can show you some video of this just to illustrate this, and you know this from many years of covering the White House, the TV networks are typically placed in one area, one group. Every other network besides CNN was there at top right of your screen, just about the top right of your screen, you see people holding up their hands. We were off to the bottom-left there, several rows behind the president and actually behind the Romanian press as well. We were in the equivalent of Siberia, no pun intended, when it comes to where we were seated in the audience section of the press section of that Rose Garden news conference, Wolf.
And as you know, that is highly irregular. And of course, that could be an oversight on the part of the White House staff, but it could also be seen as retaliation for the reporting that we are doing over here at CNN. And of course, if it is retaliation, that's not going to deter us from what we are doing over here. We are going to continue to ask these hard questions, such as where are the tapes? The White House is still not answering that question.