CNN's Jim Acosta reported that the Trump White House and campaign are pushing the narrative that Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi has lost control of the Democratic caucus to Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) and her squad.
"The Trump campaign has sent around fresh talking points to their surrogates, and one of these talking points essentially says that Nancy Pelosi, the House speaker, has lost control of her caucus as a result of these numbers of the so-called squad. And according to one of those talking points, Pelosi, quote, seems to be going off the deep end," Acosta shared.
JIM ACOSTA, CNN WHITE HOUSE CORRESPONDENT: I talked to a source close to the White House earlier who said WTF about the president's tweets earlier in the week but now thinks the president is a genius.
This is according to a source close to the White House who advises the president. So, clearly, there are people, aides and advisers around the president, who thought this was a mistake when he tweeted that these four Democratic congresswomen can go back to where they came from and now, they see a political winning strategy in all of this.
I would say, Anderson, they just talked to a source this evening who said the Trump campaign has sent around fresh talking points to their surrogates, and one of these talking points essentially says that Nancy Pelosi, the House speaker, has lost control of her caucus as a result of these numbers of the so-called squad. And according to one of those talking points, Pelosi, quote, seems to be going off the deep end.
So, they are getting very personal, not just with these four members of the squad but also with the House speaker, as well.
COOPER: And so, were White House advisers aware that the president was going to go down this road? Was this something planned or was it something the president did on his own?
ACOSTA: Anderson, from all appearances, it appears this is something that he did on his own. That he wanted to go after these for Democratic congresswomen because they have been so sharply critical of him. But what they have been doing over the last several days, aides and advisers, have been essentially trying to connect these four members of the squad to the rest of the Democratic caucus.
And, you know, according to one GOP officials that I spoke with earlier this evening up on Capitol Hill, this all seems very, quote, intentional ever since. And so, yes, Anderson, it does seem after the president fired off his racist tweets that made many people inside the Republican Party privately aghast, not so many publicly, the party as a whole seems to be moving towards the president in terms of using this strategy and weaponizing these tweets that so many Americans and so many people here in Washington just thought they cross the line and where beyond the pale.
It now seems as though the president has inadvertently stumbled upon something he continues to want to do.