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- President Donald Trump thanked “Crazy Jim Acosta of Fake News CNN” for reporting on his victory over Democrats in recent government shutdown negotiations.
- Trump reportedly had little to do with the negotiations, but Democrats are widely perceived to have gained little during the talks.
- Acosta has frequently sparred with the Trump administration, notably on the topic of immigration.
President Donald Trump tweeted his thanks on Tuesday to CNN’s Chief White House Correspondent, Jim Acosta, for reporting on Trump gloating in the aftermath of a deal that ended the government shutdown.
“Even Crazy Jim Acosta of Fake News CNN agrees: ‘Trump World and WH sources dancing in end zone: Trump wins again…Schumer and Dems caved…gambled and lost.’ Thank you for your honesty Jim!” Trump tweeted.
CNN’s Acosta, and many other pundits and Democratic politicians, derided the deal to restore funding to the government as lopsided and a victory for Republicans.
On Monday night, after the deal had been reached, many Democrats expressed their displeasure, and in some cases, fury, with regard to the deal that hinged on a GOP promise of a future vote on legislation to codify the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, which protects from deportation about 700,000 undocumented immigrants known as Dreamers and is set to expire on March 5.
But sources with knowledge of the deal’s inner workings told Business Insider that Trump had little to do with the negotiations, and the stopgap deal may have only delayed a future fight that could be even nastier.
Acosta has frequently sparred with White House officials, sometimes talking over officials in press briefings, and has become a favorite target of Trump, who often criticizes the media.
One of Acosta’s most heated exchanges with the White House took place during a conversation about immigration with Trump’s senior policy adviser Stephen Miller, who many see as being central to the Trump administration’s hardline stance on immigration.