During a joint news conference, Monday, United States Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley and Secretary of State Mike Pompeo took turns in a violent verbal assault against CNN’s Jim Acosta for asking “ridiculous“ questions about Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein.
Acosta asked Haley and Pompeo about a New York Times published on Friday, which confirmed that senior officials heard Rosenstein strongly suggesting that he wanted to secretly record conversations with President Trump, which both Haley and Pompeo discharged Acosta’s leading question about the report that also stated that he had previously talked to Cabinet members to invoke the 25th Amendment to remove Trump from office, as “absurd” and “ludicrous.”
Here’s Haley’s comeback:
“I said yesterday on the Sunday shows that, literally, I have never once been in the White House where that conversation has happened. I’m not aware of any cabinet members that are even talking about that. It is completely and totally absurd. No one is questioning the president at all. If anything, we’re trying to keep up the pace with him.”
Pompeo also criticized Acosta for mistakenly claiming that Haley was the only official on the stage who has served in the administration since Trump took office.
“Fact check: I’ve been with the administration since the beginning, too. That’s relevant. But I’ll just add — no discussion with me about the 25th Amendment in any way, either — so you can now report that two senior leaders have said that your question was ludicrous.”
Acosta expressed an apology for the mistake and tried to ask another follow-up.
“I apologize for not remembering that you were the CIA director,” Acosta replied. “If it’s so ludicrous, why did the deputy attorney general [Rod Rosenstein] have conversations about it behind the scenes?”
Pompeo responded by saying he found “the question ludicrous,” adding that he has served in the highest levels of the administration since Trump took office and has never once heard a conversation Rosenstein was reportedly involved in.
.@nikkihaley and @SecPompeo called questions from Jim @Acosta about invoking the 25th Amendment against @realDonaldTrump “absurd” and “ludicrous” and chided Acosta for broaching the subject. pic.twitter.com/qI9QiuFr1U
— The Daily Caller (@DailyCaller) September 24, 2018
Haley and Pompeo’s one-two-knockdowns on Acosta emerged the same time on Monday that Trump summoned Rosenstein to the White House.
Rosenstein is supposed to make a second trip to the White House on Thursday, but many are also reasonably pointing out that the president has more than enough reason to fire Rosenstein.
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Rosenstein has several disturbing conflicts of interests with Special Counsel Robert Mueller, signed four applications from the FBI to obtain FISA warrants to spy on Carter Page, a brief aide on the Trump campaign, and has given Mueller unfettered powers to charge people for crimes that reportedly took place decades ago.
It remains to be seen what will happen next, but Haley and Pompeo live fact-checking Acosta, calling him out on his fake news, and trashing the Times report as being completely fake is why Trump loves both of these top officials so much.