President Donald Trump and one of his top critics in the media sparred during a press conference Wednesday when CNN's Jim Acosta suggested the president take a question from a woman.
Trump answered questions from three reporters at the United Nations before calling on Acosta, a frequent critic of Trump and his administration.
"Thank you very much," Acosta said. "If you don't mind, after I am finished, if … one of our female colleagues could go after me, that would be great. Mr. president, just to follow-up on these allegations against Brett Kavanaugh . . ."
Trump, looking confused, offended, and annoyed, replied, "What does he mean by that? Explain. What does that mean?"
Here's how the rest of the back-and-forth went:
Acosta: "I think it'd be great if a female reporter . . ."
Trump: "What does it mean?"
Acosta: "I think it would be great if a female reporter would ask you a question about this issue."
Trump: "I wouldn't mind that at all. It wouldn't make any difference to me. Go ahead."
Acosta has sparred with Trump, White House press secretary Sarah Sanders, and other administration officials several times since Trump took office in early 2017. In June, for example, Acosta had a heated exchange with Sanders over immigration.
In January, Trump kicked Acosta out of the Oval Office during a media spray after he continued asking questions regarding remarks Trump made about Haiti and some African countries during an immigration meeting.
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