Some people just don’t know when to stop…
CNN’s Jim Acosta is one of them.
President Trump held a meeting with major bank CEO’s including Bank of America, Goldman Sachs, Chase, and many others.
During the meeting, Trump and the CEOs discussed ways to migitate the potential economic fallout of the coronavirus.
Cleary, Trump and his administration are being incredibly proactive in addressing the coronavirus… or else meetings like this wouldn’t be taking place.
Yet, during the same meeting where Trump is taking action, Jim Acosta had the audacity to ask why Trump is “not taking this seriously enough?”
Trump immediately shut down Acosta for the loaded question saying, “That’s CNN, fake news.”
See the epic showdown below:
The coronavirus is already impacting the U.S. economy.
Trump wants to make sure that the middle class is protected and that business owners have the resources necessary to weather out this storm.
According to CNBC, the meeting with CEOs was designed to help minimize any potential economic fallout:
Trump is expected to ask the CEOs what steps the banks are taking to help small- and medium-size companies weather the impacts of the coronavirus, particularly as loans come due, said people with knowledge of the matter.
Another topic will be how banks can contribute to the proper functioning of markets during the tumult caused by the disease, and if the administration can offer short-term regulatory changes to assist in this area. Markets have been whipsawed as investors come to grips with the widening financial and societal impact of COVID-19.
Aside from this, Trump also shut down international travel from China.
He's assembled a task force to address the coronavirus and has enacted other policies to protect the American people.
Somehow, during this meeting, Acosta thought it was appropriate to challenge the president on his response.
Breitbart explains how Trump shut down Acosta:
President Donald Trump shut down a question from CNN’s Jim Acosta on Wednesday, after the veteran CNN reporter suggested at the White House that Trump was not taking the coronavirus crisis seriously.
“Mr. President, what do you say to Americans who are concerned that you are not taking this seriously enough and that some of your statements don’t match what your health experts are saying?” asked Acosta, after the president met with representatives from some of the top banks in the country.
“That’s CNN. Fake News,” Trump replied shortly.
Maybe someone over at CNN should remind Acosta that it's his job to report the news... not attempt to be the news!
This isn't the first time he's tried to stump the administration.
See Acosta question Vice President Pence below:
Acosta's colleagues in the media have grown weary of his antics.
Chris Wallace openly chided Acosta, stating that, "It's not our job to one-up presidents."
Wallace is absolutely correct!
The Hill reports that Wallace has been "horified" of Acosta's antics in recent weeks:
Chris Wallace ripped Jim Acosta over a heated exchange the CNN chief White House correspondent had with President Trump during a press conference in India on Tuesday, saying Acosta made a "huge mistake" that "adds to the people questioning the credibility of the media."
"I was horrified by [Acosta]," Wallace said at a Columbia University event in New York City hosted by the Common Ground Committee on Tuesday night. "It’s not our job to get in fights with presidents. It’s not our job to one-up presidents. It’s our job to report on presidents."
"But to the degree we have responded to his attacks on us with attacks or advocacy in kind, there’s a huge mistake, and I think adds to people questioning the credibility of the media," the "Fox News Sunday" host said.
Acosta told Trump during a press conference in New Delhi that CNN's "record on delivering the truth is a lot better" than his "sometimes" after the president broached the topic of a recent report on Russia's election interference that CNN later walked back.
You're not alone, Chris. We're horrified, too.
With many Americans on edge over the coronavirus, the last thing reporters and pundits should be doing is feeding into the fear around the virus.
Jim, focus on reporting the news or please just go home!