Trump Tussles With CNN’s Acosta Over Question About U.S. Virus Death Rate

CNN White House correspondent Jim Acosta is back to his old tricks of acting outraged over something President Donald Trump said.

During a roundtable event at the White House, Trump told Acosta to “hold it” and called CNN “fake news” when the reporter went on a rant,

Trump stopped Acosta, telling him: “Hold it, fake news CNN. Hold it.”

In an attack against Trump, Acosta started ranting against Trump about his handling of Coronavirus, saying: “The U.S. has so many deaths compared to so many countries around the world…”

But Trump cut him off instead of letting Acosta disrupt the press conference by saying: “Hold it, fake news CNN. Hold it.”

And then Trump began explaining how his administration is helping take measures against Coronavirus.

“We have done a great job in this country. We haven’t been given — and not me, I’m not talking about me,” the president said. “The vice president, the task force, have not been given the kind of credit. If you look at countries all over the world are exploding right now — people that you said were doing a wonderful job, so wonderful, but right now, take a look at the countries that are exploding.”

“You have Italy back, you have Spain back, you have France back, you have Germany back, you have a lot of countries — and that’s not to knock them,” Trump added. “It is a very delicate, very contagious disease. It was released by China. It should never have been allowed to release. … Now, they say that China is having a lot of problems. Moscow in Russia is having tremendous problems.”


This is hardly the first time Acosta has thrown a temper tantrum.

During a segment last month with CNN’s Anderson Cooper, Acosta accused Trump of lying about the connection between voter fraud and mail-in voting.

Acosta then pretty much called Trump a liar.

“Not only does the president have a problem with telling the truth, he has a problem with accepting the truth,” Acosta theatrically declared.

“And all the studies have shown on this subject there is no widespread voter fraud in the U.S., and there’s no proven link between mail-in balloting and voter fraud. Republican-led states have been doing it for years,” Acosta snidely added.


Before that, Acosta suggested during a White House press briefing that Trump lies and makes false statements all the time — and White House Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany tore him to pieces.

Acosta asked if Trump should be fact-checked by social media companies given how many “false and misleading statements” the president has made.

McEnany hit back, saying: “Look, if you’re going to get into the fact-checking business, there is no one that should be fact-checked more than the mainstream media that has been continually wrong about a number of things.”