Press Secretary Won't Condemn Harassment of CNN Reporter During Rally

Sanders calls crowd's taunting a free speech issue
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Jim Acosta, CNN chief White House correspondent, is harassed by the crowd at a Trump Rally, Tampa, Fla., July 31, 2018

Jim Acosta, CNN chief White House correspondent, is taunted by Trump supporters at a Tampa, Fla., rally where he was attempting to do a stand-up for the network.

White House press secretary Sarah Sanders refused to condemn or criticize Trump supporters at a rally Tuesday (July 31) who chanted "CNN Sucks" as CNN chief White House correspondent Jim Acosta was trying to do a stand-up for the network.

That came in the daily news conference Wednesday (Aug. 1) with the White House press corps.

Sanders said the administration supports both freedom of the press and of speech, which go hand in hand.

The president Wednesday retweeted, without comment, his son Eric Trump's tweet of a video clip of the crowd taunting Acosta during the Trump rally in Tampa, Fla.

The president has not made any secret of the fact that he shares those supporters' view of the news network, calling it fake news and among the enemies of the people.

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