Unfit and Disgraced: “The President’s Insane:” Jim Acosta’s Trump Bio

Donald Trump’s war with the US press began as an act in the absence of effective Democratic opposition then spiraled out of control, according to an eagerly awaited new book by one of the chief targets of the president’s fury.


In The Enemy of the People, CNN chief White House correspondent Jim Acosta writes that after an early confrontation, close Trump aide Hope Hicks called him to say the president wanted him to know he was “very professional today”.

“He said, ‘Jim gets it’,” Hicks is quoted as saying.

Trump, Acosta writes, had just called the reporter “fake news” and “very fake news” after being asked about Russian election interference at a press conference in February 2017.

“When he called us ‘fake news’,” Acosta writes, “it was, in his mind, an act.”

The incident occurred amid the opening shots in a rapidly escalating war that now sees fierce national debate over Trump’s attacks on mainstream mediaand what they mean for press safety and US democracy itself.

Acosta’s book, subtitled A Dangerous Time to Tell the Truth in America, will be published on 11 June. The Guardian obtained a copy.

True to the style of Washington political reporting often complained about by Trump, Acosta mostly uses unnamed sources, many of whom are said to have spoken over social drinks. They are often blunt in their assessment of their boss. A “senior White House official” tells Acosta: “The president’s insane.” A “former White House national security official” says staffers were not sure the president had not been “compromised” by Russia.


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  1. Maybe if they did some actual reporting instead of acting as cheerleaders for the next war and crank up hostility between the US and Russia with this Rooskie KOrNsPiraCy BS I might take this clowns seriously. It almost seems that every time they write something about Trump I almost get the knee jerk reaction to defend the Zionist cretin in chief.

    Historically the press in this country has always been wrong. One time they accused Jefferson of being involved in a vast Masonic KornySpiracy the only problem was that Jefferson was one of the few founding fathers who wasn’t a Mason!

    They’ve just gotten worse since. Sometimes even the National Expirer is more credible.

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