On Thursday morning's edition of 'New Day,' CNN White House correspondent Jim Acosta discussed the short press conference President Trump and the Polish president gave this morning in Warsaw. The two leaders only took four questions -- two from each country's press corps -- and left several follow up questions unanswered.
Acosta also questioned the president's claim that it was "three or four" intelligence agencies that determined Russia was attempting to influence the 2016 election, not "17 intelligence agencies" as the New York Times erroneously reported.
"Where does that number come from?" Acosta wondered about the "three or four" figure.
The CNN White House correspondent proceeds to call Trump's "three or four" intelligence agencies claim "fake news" and speculates that "if we go to the administration, and ask them for this question, I'm not sure we're going to get an answer, and if we do, it will be off camera."
JIM ACOSTA, CNN: The other thing that was fake news coming from President Trump is he said, "Well, I keep hearing it is 17 intelligence agencies who said Russia interfered in the election. I thnk it is only three or four." Where does that number come from? Where does this three or four number come from. My suspicion, Chris and Poppy, is that if we go to the administration, and ask them for this question, I'm not sure we're going to get an answer, and if we do, it will be off camera.
However, the "three or four" figure comes from the correction notes posted by the New York Times and Associated Press this week retracting their claim that all 17 agencies played a part. Acosta must not have read the corrections.
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NY Times corrected:
NYT: A White House Memo article on Monday about President Trump’s deflections and denials about Russia referred incorrectly to the source of an intelligence assessment that said Russia orchestrated hacking attacks during last year’s presidential election. The assessment was made by four intelligence agencies — the Office of the Director of National Intelligence, the Central Intelligence Agency, the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the National Security Agency. The assessment was not approved by all 17 organizations in the American intelligence community.
AP: In stories published April 6, June 2, June 26 and June 29, The Associated Press reported that all 17 U.S. intelligence agencies have agreed that Russia tried to influence the 2016 election to benefit Donald Trump. That assessment was based on information collected by three agencies – the FBI, CIA and National Security Agency – and published by the Office of the Director of National Intelligence, which represents all U.S. intelligence agencies. Not all 17 intelligence agencies were involved in reaching the assessment.
So the determination was made by three agencies --NSA, FBI, and CIA-- and collated by a fourth -- the Director of National Intelligence. Adding up to exactly "three or four."
Acosta also accused the president of hosting a "Fake press conference," so the network that President Trump describes as "fake news" is now essentially responding by calling him a "fake president."