During today’s Rose Garden press conference, CNN’s Jim Acosta just couldn’t help himself. He had to ask a question to try and needle President Trump. This comes after a PBS New Hour reporter who asked a snarky question yesterday, spoke out today saying covering President Trump is like a “team sport.” So it’s the Reporters vs. President Trump. For comparison, think of how the reporters treated Obama.
Acosta asked about the president’s past comments about the coronavirus crisis insinuating that President Trump had downplayed the spread of the virus. Acosta began with a presumptive question that the American people are “upset” with the president. President Trump’s answer was perfect.
ACOSTA: “What do you say to Americans who are upset with you over the way you downplayed this crisis over the last couple of months? What do you say to Americans who thought you got this wrong?”
PRESIDENT TRUMP: “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’re going to have a great victory.”
The president then went after Acosta and CNN:
“It’s people like you and CNN that say things like that, that…It’s why people just don’t want to listen to CNN anymore. You can’t ask a normal question.”
He continued by explaining that he doesn’t want people to panic:
“I don’t want panic in the country. I could cause panic much better than even you. I could do much…I would make you look like a minor league player…But you know what, 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.”
The president concluded his remarks to Acosta by saying he shouldn’t ask a “snarky” question:
“Instead of asking a nasty, snarky question like that, you should ask a real question, and other than that, I’m going to go to somebody else.”
President Trump to Jim Acosta after he accused his administration of downplaying the crisis:
"I am very proud of the job they're doing… and instead of asking a nasty, snarky question like that you should ask a real question and other than that, I'm going to someone else." pic.twitter.com/ADGxE2dE1W
— Daily Caller (@DailyCaller) March 30, 2020
President Trump has done an outstanding job during this crisis. The media is also doing a great job of creating new voters for the president.