A somewhat subdued Jim Acosta gave his assessment of President Donald Trump’s Tuesday address from the Oval Office while speaking with CNN’s Jim Acosta.
Acosta, who is CNN’s Chief White House correspondent was castigated by the Trump Administration’s Kellyanne Conway earlier in the day after he asked some out of the ordinary questions at the press conference.
Acosta introduced the subject with a joke about the president’s speech.
“That address probably should have come with a surgeon general’s warning, it was hazardous to the truth,” Acosta said, which promoted little more than a smile from Cuomo.
“There were a number of claims that the president made in that speech that are just not going to the facts,” he continued. “One of them being, this thing that he said over and over again that the new trade deal with Mexico is going to somehow pay for the wall.”
The White House correspondent told Cuomo that the Oval Office address was what he had thought it would be, “recycled rhetoric from the president’s rallies and immigration speeches.”
“That’s pretty much what we got,” Acosta declared. The CNN correspondent also noted that President Donald Trump has been describing immigrants as “criminals and killers and so on when they come across the border illegally” since the beginning of his political career.
“Not much has changed in terms of the president’s rhetoric on this,” Acosta said, “He did say… Democrats asked for the steel barrier. … I just talked to a senior Democratic aide up on the Capitol Hill who said, ‘No, we as a party did not ask for a steel barrier.’”
“As they’ve been saying time and again, they don’t want a wall, and they don’t want to reward the president for this shutdown.”
Cuomo did, however, contradict Acosta when he reminded the correspondent that Democrats in the past “have financed steel barriers.”
“It’s amazing how everyone is trying to forget the history here,” Cuomo said.