CNN is Not Happy WH Deputy Press Sec Raj Shah Showed Up Three Hours Late to Briefing

CNN’s Brooke Baldwin and Jim Acosta were not pleased with how late Raj Shah was to his maiden press briefing. During CNN Newsroom, Baldwin went to Acosta in the White House briefing room, which was full of correspondents and no press secretary. “This has been delayed not once, not twice, but three times. What’s up?” Baldwin asked tersely. “Don’t blame me for this, Brooke,” Acosta replied. Turning to the side, he said: “How does everybody feel in the room about this?” The reporters let out a collective groan and laughed. “These are not happy campers… I just took a poll of the room there. Very scientific,” Acosta said. The briefing was initially supposed to be at 1 PM, then it was moved to 2:30 PM, then 3:15 PM, leaving the press to wonder: Where the heck is Raj? Even the chyron at the bottom of CNN’s coverage
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CNN’s Acosta: Source Says Trump Firing Mueller Is Still ‘A Possibility’

CNN’s Jim Acosta is reporting tonight that, per a source, President Trump hasn’t completely ruled out firing Robert Mueller. Acosta said on The Situation Room Trump is growing “increasingly impatient” with the special counsel’s investigation and could still fire him. Per CNN’s source:
“Anybody who knows Trump best knows that’s a possibility. The guy is a street fighter. And he thinks this Mueller investigation is BS.”
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CNN’s Acosta Battles Sarah Sanders Over McCabe Leaving: Trump Applied Pressure on Him for Months

Shortly before today’s White House press briefing, it was reported that Deputy FBI Director Andrew McCabe would be stepping down from his position earlier than expected. Considering that President Donald Trump has criticized McCabe over the past few months and there’s been a concerted effort by Trump loyalists to discredit McCabe, it was obvious that this news would dominate this afternoon’s presser. After telling reporters that the White House wasn’t involved in McCabe’s ouster but that the president stands behind his criticisms of the now-ex deputy director, White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders was pressed further on the issue by CNN’s Jim Acosta. Acosta asked the press secretary about the constant pressure Trump has placed on the FBI and Justice Department pretty much from the minute Trump entered the White House, stating that it sounds like “multiple officials are being pressured by the White House.” “I would say Continue reading "CNN’s Acosta Battles Sarah Sanders Over McCabe Leaving: Trump Applied Pressure on Him for Months"

Trump Mocks ‘Crazy Jim Acosta’ By Misquoting Him: ‘Thank You For Your Honesty Jim!’

President Donald Trump took a victory lap over the end of the government shutdown early Tuesday morning, making sure to include a bizarre jab at CNN’s Chief White House correspondent “Crazy” Jim Acosta in a tweet. It’s not his best nickname, but then again the president has been slacking on those as of late, so that’s to be expected. “Even Crazy Jim Acosta of Fake News CNN agrees,” Trump wrote, quoting the reporter: “Thank you for your honesty Jim!” the president added, perhaps signaling a turning point in the pair’s frosty relationship? Trump seems to be misquoting this Monday tweet from Acosta, in which he reported that Continue reading "Trump Mocks ‘Crazy Jim Acosta’ By Misquoting Him: ‘Thank You For Your Honesty Jim!’"

Trump Expels CNN’s Acosta From Oval Office For Asking Questions About Sh*tholegate: ‘Out!’

President Donald Trump ordered CNN’s Jim Acosta to be expelled from the Oval Office on Tuesday after the CNN White House correspondent tried to ask him questions during a press pool. Trump allowed the media to join him today as he welcomed Kazakhstan President Nursultan Nazarbayev to the White House. As Trump finished his statement, Acosta moved to inquire about the immigration meeting where Trump spoke of “sh*thole countries.” When asked if he wants immigrants to come from Norway, Trump responded “I want them to come in from everywhere. Everywhere.” As Acosta tried to follow up by asking Trump if he wants more immigrants from white or caucasian countries, Trump pointed at him and said “out.” Acosta spoke about this with Wolf Blitzer afterwards and said it was clear the president was ordering him out of the room. Acosta said he tried to ask his questions again Continue reading "Trump Expels CNN’s Acosta From Oval Office For Asking Questions About Sh*tholegate: ‘Out!’"

Jim Acosta First to Say ‘Sh*thole’ On Air After Report on Trump Slur

In the wake of a bombshell story from The Washington Post reporting that President Donald Trump described African countries, Haiti and El Salvador as “shithole[s],” cable news talking heads have been doing what they do worst: trying to avoid using Trump’s expletives on air. Well, apparently CNN’s Jim Acosta doesn’t give a shit. The White House reporter disregarded the age-old art of censoring expletives from the president, opting for a hearty pronunciation of “SHITHOLE” whilst appearing on Wolf Blitzer’s program. “Apparently the president made some extremely offensive remarks about other countries like Haiti and countries in Africa sending migrants to the United States,” Acosta explained, describing the comments the president reportedly said at an Oval Office meeting today. Acosta continued:
The president said, ‘why are we having all of these people from,’ — and I apologize for using this word here, but this is a quote from the president — Continue reading "Jim Acosta First to Say ‘Sh*thole’ On Air After Report on Trump Slur"

Sarah Sanders Roasts CNN’s Jim Acosta: ‘Your Numbers Would Be Higher’ If Trump Watched

During this afternoon’s White House press briefing, CNN’s Jim Acosta and White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders tangled a bit over President Donald Trump using his morning “Executive Time” to watch Fox & Friends, with Sanders taking the opportunity to ding CNN’s ratings. Acosta noted that Trump began the day by tweeting a quote from a Fox News segment that conflicted with the administration’s view on FISA warrants, which necessitated the president sending out a subsequent tweet clarifying his actual position. Sanders used this opening to roast CNN. “I’m sure you are disappointed he’s not watching CNN,” the press secretary snarked. “I think he watches a lot of CNN if you don’t mind me saying it,” Acosta shot back. “I don’t think that’s true,” Sanders stated. “Your numbers would be higher.” This led to a bunch of “ooohs” and groans from reporters in the room. Sanders would Continue reading "Sarah Sanders Roasts CNN’s Jim Acosta: ‘Your Numbers Would Be Higher’ If Trump Watched"