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CNN is shifting chief White House correspondent Jim Acosta to a new beat.
Acosta will serve as CNN’s chief domestic correspondent and will have anchor coverage on the weekends, the network said.
News of Acosta’s new role came along with several other moves the network announced, including the expansion of anchor Jake Tapper’s weekday program to two hours. Tapper will “serve as the network’s lead anchor for all major Washington events,” CNN said.
Acosta, who has served as CNN’s chief White House correspondent since 2018, has been with the network since 2007.
“On to the next adventure! After eight years at WH, I’m moving into a new role as anchor on weekends and chief domestic correspondent for @CNN, a new challenge I’m very excited about,” he said. “Will miss my WH colleagues. But I know they’ll be great covering the Biden admin. See you soon!”
Acosta has been anti-Trump for quite some time.
Just before the Nov. 3 election, Acosta accused Trump of spreading a “litany of lies” and claimed the president of “combining race-baiting with pandemic denialism at every turn.”
CNN anchor Don Lemon prefaced Acosta by saying Trump is no longer an outsider as he was in 2016 and now is “trying to stay in this election by lying to the public.”
Acosta said: “I’ve come to the conclusion that we’re going to be a lot better off counting the number of times the president tells the truth instead of tallying up all his lies. It would be a lot less exhausting.”
He continued: “Case in point would be the rally he held in the Phoenix area earlier this evening that we were at. He was talking about how in California they have a mandate that people wear their masks while they eat their dinner. That they take off their mask in between taking bites of their food. That’s obviously false. But it is part of the litany of lies that we’ve seen out on the campaign trail in what is becoming just an ugly, ugly finish for this president.”
Acosta added: “He’s combining race-baiting with pandemic denialism at every turn. Speaking of turns, when the president says, we’re rounding the turn, getting close to the end of the pandemic, nothing could be further from the truth.”