Sarah Sanders Refuses To Say Press Isn't 'The Enemy Of The People'

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The exchange came hours after Ivanka Trump, the president's daughter, said in an interview she did not agree with her father's view of the press.

WATCH: CNN reporter Jim Acosta was in the midst of a live hit for his network when crowds began booing him and chanting "CNN sucks".

Ms Sanders refused to do so, instead listing a litany of complaints against the press and blaming negative media coverage for inflaming tensions in the country.

In a recent and notable example, the USA leader singled out NBC, which he called "possibly worse than CNN", and denied CNN correspondent Jim Acosta a question during a joint press conference with UK Prime Minister Theresa May. She refuses each time to respond.

Pressed by CNN's Jim Acosta, who has often clashed with the White House, to personally distance herself from the term given her role as a public liaison to the press, Sanders said "the president has made his position known".

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Let's start from the beginning, at Trump's rally in Tampa, Fla., on Tuesday. The media has attacked me repeatedly.

The POTUS - who has called the media, "an enemy of the American people"- doubled down on his comments against news outlets at his Pennsylvania rally when he called them "fake, fake, disgusting news" in an unhinged rant.

Basically: The White House thinks that journalists are the enemy of the people.

I get it. Acosta is concerned about angry mobs at rallies who hate the press and he blames Trump for their undeserved scorn. I've addressed my personal feelings.

"You brought a comedian up to attack my appearance and called me a traitor to my own gender", Sanders said.

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Acosta kept working, seemingly unfazed, but later called attention to what he described as a disturbing scene: "I'm very anxious that the hostility whipped up by Trump and some in conservative media will result in somebody getting hurt", he said.

Acosta was apparently so disturbed by the whole incident he left the press briefing early, tweeting later that her refusal to disavow Trump's comments is "shameful". Another reporter quickly filled his seat. Chuck Todd, NBC News' political director tweeted that her response "only hurts her own credibility".

However, Sanders deflected and noted that she herself had felt targeted by the media. Are we to take it from what you just said, we all get put through the ringer, we all get put through the meat grinder in this town and you're not an exception, and I'm sorry that happened to you.

He continued: "You mentioned my former boss, Senator McConnell, and I don't think he has had lunch in three weeks without being heckled by a crowd of anti-ICE protestors who are trying to disrupt his lunch and everybody else's there".

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