If Trump refuses to answer a question, Obama's former speech writer has just the trick for journalists

Jessica Brown@Jessica_E_Brown
Friday 13 January 2017 09:00
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Jon Favreau was Obama’s chief speechwriter from 2005 to 2013.

That’s eight years of input into some of the most rousing and inspiring speeches to come out of the US in decades.

Favreau has just given journalists some sage advice on how to get an answer out of President-elect Donald Trump. He tweeted:

If Trump refuses to answer a reporter's question because he doesn't like their outlet, the next reporter should ask the same question.

The advice came after Trump repeatedly ignored a question by CNN’s White House correspondent, Jim Acosta, at the former's first press conference as President-elect.

Trump condemned CNN for reporting on the findings reported by BuzzFeed yesterday, alleging Russia had compromising information about Trump.

Acosta finally managed to say:

You are attacking our news organisation, can you give us a chance to ask a question, sir?

Trump replied, “quiet”, then shut Acosta down by telling him he was “fake news”.

Here’s the exchange:

Then, Press Secretary Sean Spicer allegedly threatened to remove Acosta from the conference.

Let's hear it for First Amendment rights eh?

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