Jim Acosta was speaking with another CNN journalist after President Trump referred to the press as the "enemies" of the American people, saying "he was getting tired" of the administration's attacks on the mainstream media. "He's made statements clear".
"It would be a good thing if you were to say right here at this briefing that the press. are not the enemy of the people", Acosta said during the briefing.
Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen, FBI Director Dan Coats, National Security Agency Director Paul Nakasone and National Security Adviser John Bolton also joined White House press secretary Sarah Sanders in the briefing room on Thursday.
"I think we deserve that", Acosta said. That may not be news in Washington, D.C., but I can assure you that it's news in the state of Florida...
Sanders then said that it's "ironic" that Acosta and other media members attack President Trump's rhetoric when they in fact "lower the level of conversation" in the country.
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That language is generally described as officialese for saying work is on but no dates yet, according to former White House staffers who spoke only on background to explain how presidential visits are arranged. "The media continues to ratchet up the verbal assault against the president and everyone in this administration", Sanders added.
"They asked my daughter Ivanka whether or not the media is the enemy of the people".
Trump made waves in February 2017 with the "enemy" tweet.
The move marks the latest step in the increasingly conflictual relationship between Mr Trump and the cable news network.
Broadcasting from the White House after the briefing, Mr. Acosta told viewers, "I'm exhausted of this". If he accepts, he will be the second USA president to do so - his predecessor Barack Obama was the first to attend the Republic Day parade.
Acosta, who has not only been the brunt of attacks coming from Trump supporters, but has been attacked multiple times by the president himself, fired back on Twitter, writing, "Hannity is a propagandist for profit, peddling lies every night. It is the FAKE NEWS, which is a large percentage of the media, that is the enemy of the people!" he wrote.