Sarah Sanders needled frequent sparring parter Jim Acosta over CNN’s ratings in an exchange at Thursday’s press briefing, saying if President Donald Trump watched CNN its numbers would go up:
Pointing to Trump’s tweet Thursday morning casting doubt on reauthorization of the FISA surveillance program his own administration supported, Acosta asked about Trump’s reported habit of watching “Fox and Friends,” the conservative Fox News morning show, and often sending tweets in response to the segments on the program.
“I’m sure you’re disappointed that he’s not watching CNN,” Sanders said.
“I think he watches a lot of CNN, if you don’t mind me saying,” Acosta said.
“I don’t think that’s true. Your numbers would be higher,” Sanders said, receiving an “ohhh” from the rest of the press corps.