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On Monday at a press briefing at the White House, with CNN’s chyron at the bottom of the screen reading, “New one-day record with 486 deaths reported today; total dead nearing 3,000,” CNN’s Jim Acosta decided to target President Trump yet again over statements he had made, and Trump promptly put him in his place, asserting, “You could ask a normal question … instead of asking a nasty, snarky question like that, you should ask a real question.”

Acosta asked, “What do you say to Americans who are upset with you over the way you downplayed this crisis over the last several months? ‘We have it very much under control in this country.’ ‘The coronavirus is very much under control in the USA. It’s going to disappear. It’s like a miracle. It will disappear.’ March 4: ‘We have a very small number of people in this country infected.’ March 10: ‘We’re prepared. We’re doing a great job with it. It will go away. Just stay calm. It will go away.’ What do you say to Americans who feel you got this wrong?”

Trump replied:

It will go away, and I do want them to stay calm, and we are doing a great job. If you look at those individual statements, they’re all true. Stay calm. It will go away. You know it is going away and it will go away and we’ll have a great victory. And its people like you and CNN that say things like that — that’s why people just don’t want to listen to CNN any more. You could ask a normal question; the statements I made are — I want to keep the country calm.

I don’t want panic in the country; I could cause panic much better than even you; I could make you look like a minor-league player. But you know, I don’t want to do that. I want to have our country be calm and strong and fight and win. And it will go away. And it is incredible the job that all of these people are doing, putting them all together, the job that they are doing. I am very proud of the job that they’re doing, that Mike Pence is doing, that the task force has done, that Honeywell and Procter & Gamble and Mike and all of these people have done. I’m very proud; it’s almost a miracle, and it is, the way it’s all come together, and instead of asking a nasty, snarky question like that, you should ask a real question, and other than that I’m gonna go to somebody else.

In late February, Acosta told Trump, “Mr. President, I think our record on delivering the truth is a lot better than yours sometimes, if you don’t mind me saying.”

Trump fired back, “Let me tell you about your record, your record is so bad you ought to be ashamed of yourself. You have the worst record in the history of broadcasting.”

Acosta answered, “I’m not ashamed of anything and our organization is not ashamed.”

Video of Monday’s exchange below:

  • Matt says:

    Acosta is an embarrassment to himself and CNN.

  • Dusty says:

    Acosta grow up and stop the attacks. Not the time now. We out here can hate your guts when time to come together. Go to the hospitals see what the health care people are doing and what is going on across this world go to Italy sure CNN can give you a plane. I am a retired RN old lady now and I sit here tears in my eyes for what my wonderful Dr and nurses and the whole medical teams face. So STOP Acosta and try to show you have a real heart left in you. Once we hope this is over then go after the jugular not now as people sit in their homes day after day loss of jobs as you sit in the White House wondering what next per money, buying our home , a car, those workers in our stores who would rather be home? NO MORE see your CNN Chris Cuomo and no doubt he hopes this is the milder case . Time we all stand together and not a Pelosi the witch and Todd and blood on his hands really NO MORE. Pray and God help us all.

  • MAC says:

    As Nut Case Nancy was triumphantly goose stepping her Impeachment Fraud to the Senate, Trump halted frights from China as a first step to stop the virus.

  • Rebecca Holstine says:

    Jimmy should be ashamed of CNN and some of the things they have done. They just lost a very large suit against them by, I think his name was Silverman, for lying about him day in and day out. Terrible lies about him blocking the way of that Native Indian. Most Americans haven’t forgotten that yet.

  • MAGA says:

    I get a big laugh out of how he puts those idiots in their place. Way to own that fool, Mr. President.

  • CF