Trump vs. CNN's Acosta: It's People Like You Why People Don't Watch CNN Anymore, "Ask A Real Question" | Video | RealClearPolitics

Trump vs. CNN's Acosta: It's People Like You Why People Don't Watch CNN Anymore, "Ask A Real Question"


At Monday's White House coronavirus briefing, CNN White House correspondent Jim Acosta needled President Trump to admit he has been wrong about the coronavirus.

JIM ACOSTA, CNN WHITE HOUSE REPORTER: So, what do you say to Americans who are upset with you over the weight you downplayed this crisis over the last couple of months? "We have it very much under control in this country. The coronavirus is very much under control in the USA. It's going to disappear. It's like a miracle. It will disappear."
March 4, "We have a very small number of people in this country infected." March 10, "We prepared, we are doing a great job with it. It will go away. Just stay calm. It will go away." What do you say to Americans--

TRUMP: --Well, isn't it true? It will go away--

QUESTION: --Who believe that you got this wrong--

TRUMP: --And I do want them to stay home and we are doing a great job. If you look at those individuals statements, they are all true. Stay calm. It will go away. You know it--you know what is going the way and it will go away and we're going to have a great victory.
And it's people like you and CNN that say things like that that is why people just don't want to listen to CNN anymore. You could ask a normal question. The statements I made are--I want to keep the country calm. 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 and it is incredible the job that all of these people are doing putting them all together the job that they are doing. I am very proud of the job they are doing, that Mike Pence is doing, that the task force has done, that Honeywell and Procter & Gamble and Mike and all of these people have done. I'm very proud. It's--it's almost a miracle and it is the way it has all come together and instead of asking a nasty snarky question like that you should ask a real question and other than that I am going to go to somebody else. Please, go ahead, please.

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