[Ed. – An noted here, CNN’s Jim Acosta, the designated pool reporter assigned to represent U.S. media organizations in Singapore, used his position during a break in the summit talks yesterday to embarrass himself and American journalists as a whole. As the two world leaders stood on a balcony, Acosta shouted up questions including this one aimed at Kim: ‘Will you give up your nuclear weapons, sir?’ He was either unaware that Kim had just pledged to do exactly that or thought that his probing interrogation technique might elicit a more fulsome answer than the recently concluded diplomatic session. Here is the entire exchange captured on a hot mic, including Acosta’s evident reactions to curious glances from other members of the press.]
Jim Acosta started blurting out questions whenever the two leaders stepped out of their meetings — then Acosta was caught in a hot mic moment.
Jim Acosta: Mr President, how is the meeting going so far, sir?… Any progress, Mr. President?… Mr. President, how’s it going so far, sir? What do you think?
President Trump (from balcony with Kim Jong Un): Very, very good.
Jim Acosta: Mr. Kim will you give up your nuclear weapons, sir?
Jim Acosta: (After President Trump and Kim Jong Un exit the balcony) Hey, if they’re not going to let me in the f*cking meeting, then that’s what happens.”