Just prior to yesterday’s White House press briefing, CNN’s Jim Acosta just couldn’t resist taking another shot at press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders, saying that she doesn’t live in the “real world.”
“It will be interesting to see whether or not Sarah Sanders and the White House team over here have truly come back to the real world when she steps out to the podium here in about 30 minutes from now.”
During an interview with CNN colleague Brook Baldwin, Acosta had plenty of vitriol dripping as he targeted President Trump and the White House during his appearance.
It started with Baldwin taking a shot at Trump, of course not once mentioning the Democrats’ inability to negotiate while reminding people that the shutdown cost the U.S. economy $11 billion.
I’m Brooke Baldwin. And in just about half an hour from now, the White House Press Secretary will be answering questions from the media, for the first time in more than five weeks. It comes as President Trump told The Wall Street Journal that there’s less than a 50-50 chance that new negotiations over border wall funding will succeed.
If they fail, that could lead to either another Government shutdown in about 18 days’ time or to the President declaring a national emergency to get the money to build his border wall. Let’s go live to our chief White House correspondent, Jim Acosta, who will, of course, be in that briefing room, momentarily.
So Jim, it’s still stunning to me to see this new report from the CBO that the Government shutdown has so far cost the U.S. economy $11 billion.
Acosta then went on a tangent:
Brooke, I think the other thing that’s obviously going to come up is the indictment of Roger Stone, which sort of caused a fire storm last Friday with Roger Stone giving the Nixonian salute as he left the courthouse down in Florida.
The President was trying to downplay the relationship over the weekend, saying, well, he wasn’t really near me or near us during the election as it got close to election time. That is something that the President, that’s kind of an excuse the President has used, or an explanation the President has used with respect to other people who have been indicted in the Russia investigation.
He sort of said the same kind of thing about Paul Manafort and others who have been targeted in the Mueller probe. And so it will be interesting to see just how Sarah Sanders frames all of this.
What we’ve noticed in recent days that she’s just trying to stay away from those questions about the Russia investigation all together.
Near the end of the usual bashing of the president, his administration and anyone in support of it he went on to say:
And one thing finally, Brooke, getting back to the shutdown, Nancy Pelosi, the House Speaker, really emerged at the end of that process late Friday, as somebody who you know, even conservative allies of the president agreed had really just sort of taught the President a lesson.
And so, one of the things I’ll be listening to keenly is whether or not the White House will even admit that they did not come out ahead on this whole standoff over Government funding and the wall down on the border.
They’ve been trying to insist over the last few days and the President did this over the weekend in one of his tweets, that this was not a concession on the part of the President.
That is obviously kind of assessment that is just not dealing with reality. And you and I we were talking about some of this on Friday when were watching the Rose Garden speech from the President.
It will be interesting to see whether or not Sarah Sanders and the White House team over here have truly come back to the real world when she steps out to the podium here in about 30 minutes from now.”