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CNN’s Acosta defiantly defends his network after Trump tells him he should be ashamed of himself

CNN’s Acosta defiantly defends his network after Trump tells him he should be ashamed of himself

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Donald Trump’s first official visit to India drags on, much like the broader national nightmare that is his seemingly interminable tenure as president.

During a press conference today he exhibited every ounce of impropriety and crudeness that we’ve come to expect from his domestic appearances. His comments to the press were littered with disturbing statements but several of them stood out as particularly egregious.

At one point, the president claimed that he could in fact easily win the war in Afghanistan and that it would be a simple matter of killing “millions of people” and having the U.S. military stop acting as a “police force” and instead act as a “military force.” He insisted that he doesn’t “want to kill millions of people, innocent people” although the almost fetishistic way in which he brought the idea up in the first place would seem to indicate the opposite.

In no way would committing mass genocide in the region constitute any kind of victory, either morally or strategically, and Trump’s suggestion as much indicates he has no real understanding of the war.

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In case casually fantasizing about mass murder wasn’t enough of a disaster, the president also engaged in his petty feud with CNN. Reporter Jim Acosta asked Trump if he will pledge to refuse any foreign interference in our election to help himself win. Acosta also asked about Trump’s recent appointment of Richard Grenell to the role of Director of National Intelligence despite the fact that he has no intelligence experience.

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“First of all I don’t want help from any country and I haven’t been given help by any country” Trump insisted, a dubious sell since he has not taken any meaningful steps to protect our elections.

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The president then immediately pivoted to trash-talking CNN and said they “apologized in a way” for reporting “certain things that weren’t true.” He asked Acosta directly what CNN apologized for, presumably referring to CNN reporting that an American election security official may have overstated Russia’s 2020 interference operations. It was responsible reporting on the part of the network and showed that they are intent on getting the truth right.

“Mr. President I think our record on delivering the truth is a lot better than yours sometimes if you don’t mind me saying,” Acosta shot back.

“Your record is… Let me tell you about your record. Your record is so bad you ought to be ashamed of yourself. You have probably the worst record… You probably have the worst record in the history of broadcasting,” Trump responded.

“I’m not shamed of anything and our organization is not ashamed of anything,” said Acosta.

Trump then answered the DNI question in a rambling, vague fashion. The entire back-and-forth was embarrassing and deeply unbecoming of the American president. One can’t help but pine for the day when we have a leader who can represent our country abroad without descending into utterly pointless, childish fights with the press.

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