The president knows that his future will not be easy from this point, and he seems to be angry at the wrong people, as per the usual. Trump knows that reporters’ sole purpose is to report the goings on inside the White House and in relation to the president, yet he is shocked and shaken every time one of them asks him a straightforward question about his criminal activity.
That’s exactly what happened Thursday afternoon when CNN’s Jim Acosta asked him about Lev Parnas’ claim that Trump’s withholding of Ukrainian aid was “all about 2020.”
Check out the video of Trump snapping below:
Trump claims he doesn't know who Lev Parnas is and says he takes lots of pictures with people and has never spoken to Parnas. Trump once claimed he didn't have anything to do with the payoff to porn star Stormy Daniels.
Pressed on the issue Trump demands the reporter be "quiet." pic.twitter.com/PASdE2tEtg
— Oliver Willis (@owillis) January 16, 2020
Acosta tweeted the following about the interaction:
Just asked Trump about Parnas claim that admin efforts in Ukraine were "all about 2020." Trump insisted he's only posed for photos with Parnas. Kept repeating that defense. Eventually told me to be "quiet." Video coming… More to come…
— Jim Acosta (@Acosta) January 16, 2020
A White House correspondent for Huffington Post also tweeted about the incident:
Per WH pooler @debrajsaunders:
Parnas? “I don’t know him” except they had quick photo
“I meet thousands of people”
Told Acosta “quiet”
“I will probably be going to Davos”
— S.V. Dáte (@svdate) January 16, 2020
As did Wall Street Journal reporter Rebecca Ballhaus:
Trump to reporters in Oval Office on Lev Parnas: “I don’t believe I’ve ever spoken to him.” Says Parnas is part of a “big hoax” and that he doesn’t know him “at all” other than taking pictures together, per @MichaelCBender.
— Rebecca Ballhaus (@rebeccaballhaus) January 16, 2020
People on Twitter who commented on Acosta’s tweet stood behind the veteran journalist in his attempts to get the president to slip up on camera. You can see the tp comments left in the thread below via screenshot: