- The Washington Times - Tuesday, January 8, 2019

White House counselor Kellyanne Conway jousted with CNN’s Jim Acosta Tuesday, calling him a “smart-ass” after he questioned whether President Trump would tell the truth during his Oval Office address to the nation on border security.

In an encounter outside the West Wing of the White House, Mr. Acosta asked Ms. Conway, “Can you promise that the president will tell the truth tonight?”

The president’s adviser replied, “Yes Jim, and can you promise that you will — the whole truth and nothing but the truth, so help you God? Am I allowed to mention God to you?”

“I’m not the one with the ‘alternative facts’ problem,” Mr. Acosta retorted, referring to a phrase that Ms. Conway used in an interview in 2017.

She replied, “Let me get back in your face because you’re such a smart-ass most of the time. I know you want this [encounter] to go viral. A lot of these people [gesturing to other reporters] don’t like you.”

Ms. Conway told him, “Don’t you put it back in my face, for all the corrections your network needs to issue. The disrespect that you show to me personally, I’ll just look past.”

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