In-Depth Exclusive: CNN's Jim Acosta Says Trump is 'Crazy Like a Fox' in Controlling the Narrative

Rebekah Sager
June 20, 2019 - 5:41 pm

KNX In-Depth hosts Charles Feldman and Mike Simpson sat down Thursday with CNN's Chief White House correspondent and author of "The Enemy of the People: A Dangerous Time to Tell the Truth in America." He says he's dogged in his pursuit of holding President Trump's feet to the fire and asking the tough questions. 

Acosta says when you're trying to interview President Trump, "You have to keep at it and asking those follow-up questions." Adding that the president, "has a pattern of deception and dishonesty with the American people... we have to hold him accountable." 

Acosta and President Trump have had a contemptuous relationship, at one point leading to Acosta losing his White House credentials -- they were fully restored in November of last year. 

The White House revoked Acosta's pass after a news conference clash with Trump.

A federal judge issued a temporary order restoring Acosta's pass, then the White House quickly sent Acosta a letter threatening to take it away again when that order expired. 

The White House argued at the time at Acosta did not follow "basic standards" when he scrapped with President Trump at a news conference.

In his book, Acosta cites multiple examples when the President and his staff make attempts at blocking reporters from accurately reporting about White House policies and the administration's decisions. 

According to veteran newsman Sam Donaldson, "Reading Jim Acosta's new book "Enemy of the People" is like watching a train wreck in progress, with passengers bracing for the inevitable crash."