White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders was asked Wednesday about whether the president condones his supporters' harassment of CNN reporter Jim Acosta.

The Daily Mail's David Martosko asked asked whether Trump believes it's wrong for his supporters to be "menacing" toward journalists.


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Acosta tweeted out video from Trump's rally Tuesday night in Tampa, which showed people shouting "You suck!" and making obscene gestures toward him.

He wrote that he was worried the "hostility" spurred by Trump could eventually result in someone getting hurt.

Sanders responded by saying that the president doesn't support violence against anyone or anything.

"We fully support a free press, but there also comes a high level of responsibility with that."

She followed by criticizing reporters for "routinely" disclosing classified information and government secrets, arguing it has put "lives in danger."

"Unfortunately, it's now standard to abandon common-sense ethical practices. This is a two-way street," Sanders said.

Martosko responded that Acosta was not "broadcasting state secrets," but Trump supporters tried to prevent him from doing his job by shouting at him while he was on the air. 

Sanders responded by saying, "While we certainly support freedom of the press, we also support freedom of speech and we think that those things go hand-in-hand."

Watch the exchange above.


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