White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders and CNN Chief White House Correspondent Jim Acosta went back and forth once again during Thursday's press briefing.

Acosta referenced an earlier question from NPR reporter Sarah McCammon, who asked Sanders if the press was the "enemy of the people" or not.

McCammon was alluding to comments made earlier on Thursday by Ivanka Trump at an Axios event in Washington, during which she contradicted her father's previous controversial rhetoric.


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Acosta pressed Sanders on the question, saying that instead of directly answering, she "read off a laundry list" of her concerns about the press.

"I think it would be a good thing if you were to say right here at this briefing if the press ... are the not enemy of the people," he said. "I think we deserve that."

Sanders then said that it's "ironic" that Acosta and other media members attack President Trump's rhetoric when they in fact "lower the level of conversation" in the country.

"Repeatedly, the media resorts to personal attacks without any content other than to incite anger."

Sanders then mentioned the harassment she's received by the press, including personal attacks made against her at the White House Correspondents' Dinner.

"The media continues to ratchet up the verbal assault against the president and everyone in this administration," she added. "Certainly we have a role to play, but the media has a role to play for the discourse in this country as well."

Acosta then implored Sanders to directly state that the press was not the enemy of the people "for the sake" of the country, but she did not. He tweeted afterwards that Sanders' response was "shameful."

Sanders was pressed on Wednesday by another reporter, who asked whether Trump condones his supporters' harassment of Acosta at a recent rally.

The president's oldest daughter said earlier Thursday, "I've certainly received my fair share of reporting on me personally that I know not to be fully accurate. So ... I have some sensitivity around why people have concerns and gripe, especially when they sort of feel targeted. But no, I do not feel that the media is the enemy of the people."

Trump made waves in Feb. 2017 with the "enemy" tweet.

Watch the exchange above.


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