Jim Acosta Claims Trump Thinks He's 'Very Professional,' Attacks Are Just an 'Act'
CNN reporter says President aides secretly told him of Trump's praise
CNN reporter Jim Acosta claimed on the Canadian news show “The Agenda with Steve Paikin,” that President Donald Trump's aides have told him in secret that the president believes that he is “very professional."
Acosta also claimed that Trump's fierce criticism of him, and of dishonest, heavily biased news organizations, is just part of “an act."
While speaking about his new book, Acosta remarked on a press conference from February 2017 where Trump called him “very fake news,” claiming he got a call from one of Trump’s top aides after the infamous press conference.
“After the press conference was over, I got a call from one of his top aides, Hope Hicks, and she said to me on the phone, ‘Jim, I just want you to know the president thought you were very professional today and said Jim gets it,'” Acosta claimed.
Acosta recalled of the alleged phone call:
“I thought to myself, ‘Wait a minute, the president just referred to me as very fake news five minutes ago, and now he’s saying I’m professional and I get it?'"
“I don’t know what’s going on here, am I in the twilight zone?'”
“I talked to a number of his aides, and they basically explained, ‘Jim, this is an act, he doesn’t really mean it’ and so on.'"
“I’m not in on the act; we’re not a part of some reality TV show contrived melodrama that he’s trying to put out there to prop up his political prospects.”
But Acosta may be alone with the notion that he is not acting during confrontations during press briefings.
Even the left-leaning new outlet The Atlantic wrote a piece last year titled: “Jim Acosta’s Dangerous Brand of Performance Journalism.”
The Atlantic’s Todd Purdum wrote:
“Whenever a reporter who has not been kidnapped by terrorists, shot by an assailant, or won a big prize becomes an actor in her own story, she has lost the fight."
“Or in this case, reinforced the corrosive, cynical, and deeply dangerous feedback loop that has convinced Trump’s most fervent supporters that his relentless brief against the press has merit: FAKE NEWS! SAD!”
Last year, The White House temporarily suspended Acosta’s press pass following a disrespectful exchange with President Trump after he refused to give up the microphone.
Acosta famously scuffled with a female intern who attempted to take the microphone back from him.
Then-White House Press Secretary Sarah announced in a statement at the time:
“President Trump believes in a free press and expects and welcomes tough questions of him and his Administration. We will, however, never tolerate a reporter placing his hands on a young woman just trying to do her job as a White House intern."