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WATCH: CNN’s Acosta Is Not Amused With Trump’s Letter To Pelosi



CNN’s Jim Acosta lashed out at President Donald Trump on Thursday after the president responded in kind to a letter that he received from House Speaker Nancy Pelosi.

“President Donald Trump penned a letter to Democrat Nancy Pelosi on Thursday, informing the House Speaker that he has temporarily canceled her ‘public relations’ trips abroad due to the government shutdown,” The Daily Wire reported. “The president did, however, tell Pelosi that she could fly to Brussels, Egypt, and Afghanistan commercial if she so chooses.”

Following the announcement, NewsBusters’ Curtis Houck flagged a segment on CNN where Acosta went off on the president for essentially doing to Pelosi what she did to him regarding his State of the Union speech.

“Well, our nation’s capital has officially become a playground, Brooke,” Acosta complained. “The President has responded in sort of a childish way is the only way to describe it to the House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, to her letter essentially saying that the State of the Union will be postponed or she asked that it be submitted in writing if the government is still shut down.”

“A WH official has told the WH pool that Trump’s move is ‘not a response’ to Pelosi,” Acosta later tweeted. “Fact check: Yeah right.”


“We will reschedule this seven-day excursion when the shutdown is over,” Trump wrote. “I also feel that, during this period, it would be better if you were in Washington negotiating with me and joining the Strong Border Security movement to end the shutdown.”

White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said in an email: “If she had gone on this trip, she would have guaranteed that 800,000 federal workers would not receive their second paycheck because she would not have been here to negotiate any kind of deal.”

The Washington Examiner’s Byron York noted how the media’s coverage of Trump’s actions was vastly different than what they said when Pelosi essentially did the same thing.

“Much analysis of Trump letter to Pelosi as childish, playground, nah-nah gesture,” York tweeted. “No argument here. Just yesterday, though, Pelosi’s equally childish gesture was characterized as playing hardball.”

The White House released Trump’s letter to Pelosi on its website:

The Honorable Nancy Pelosi
Speaker of the House of Representatives
Washington, D.C. 20515

Dear Madame Speaker:

Due to the Shutdown, I am sorry to inform you that your trip to Brussels, Egypt, and Afghanistan has been postponed. We will reschedule this seven-day excursion when the Shutdown is over. In light of the 800,000 great American workers not receiving pay, I am sure you would agree that postponing this public relations event is totally appropriate. I also feel that, during this period, it would be better if you were in Washington negotiating with me and joining the Strong Border Security movement to end the Shutdown. Obviously, if you would like to make your journey by flying commercial, that would certainly be your prerogative.

I look forward to seeing you soon and even more forward to watching our open and dangerous Southern Border finally receive the attention, funding, and security it so desperately deserves!


Donald J. Trump

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  1. ChuckB

    January 18, 2019 at 1:15 am

    Hey Jim, nobody cares if you are amused or not. The announcement was NOT meant to be laughed at. Piglosi and her pack of baboons really need a wake up call to prove that she is NOT the one in charge. Unless you and your fake news cohorts wake up and smell the flowers, you will always be considered fake news.

    • Fran

      January 18, 2019 at 1:20 am

      Well said, ChuckB!

  2. Nell

    January 18, 2019 at 1:32 am

    I’ll tell you who’s childish! The democrats had publicly supported (and even offered much more that the 5.7 billion the President is asking for) the building of the wall or some kind of barrier UNTIL Donald Trump wanted it and ran his election campaign on that promise! They don’t even care that most of us want that protection! They want illegal aliens here to vote for them ILLEGALLY! Please don’t give in, President Trump! Build that wall and keep criminals out of our country!! No more sanctuary cities! And please overhaul our elections and require voter IDs with pictures!!

  3. Bob Hunt

    January 18, 2019 at 1:42 am

    And I don’t think Acosta is very amusing!

  4. Dragonfly43

    January 18, 2019 at 1:42 am

    ROTFLMAO! Pardon me while I flick a tear out of my eye! Who gives a rat’s pattootie what Acosta says?

  5. Bonnie

    January 18, 2019 at 1:48 am

    Well folks …all I can ask is, “Aren’t you who voted for Obama rejoicing over his “change” for America without asking “what change?” In other words he didn’t like America, even though he wanted the rewards of being the first black President! Wow! Now pay attention to what black American citizens are saying about all the money and attention going to illegal emigrants paid by legal hard working taxpayers who are being turned into slaves. The money wasted here, there and everywhere for other nations security would have more than paid for the wall a long time ago. And Pelosi and friends were for the wall not many years ago. What most like Acosta don’t acknowledge is that the world leader in pschycology is waging modern mental war on Americans to conquer us without firing a shot. Khrushchev predicted it a long time ago….and now we’re witnessing the Pavlov’s dog experiment on us. Kind of disgustingly funny.

  6. Ed Smith

    January 18, 2019 at 5:36 am

    I’m sorry, who cares what Mr Acosta likes or dislikes. He has become a pimple on the face of journalism in this country.

  7. Fed Up

    January 18, 2019 at 10:34 am

    The Dems smacking at the public trough need their abuses of taxpayer money stopped. I applaud Trump. The Dems and liberal media are the childish ones. Daddy Trump just took away the keys to the military plane. She can pay for her own “public relations tours”. Well done Mr President. Suck it Dems. You want war? Come get you some! LOL.

  8. Michigan Man

    January 18, 2019 at 11:20 am

    The liberals can dish it out, but the definitely are snowflakes when the same is done to them. TS, Acosta. Suck it up.

  9. Keith F. Golembiewski

    January 18, 2019 at 12:28 pm

    President Trump Did the right thing. Cancel the Trip.Pelosi is a Jack Ass & is holding America Hostage & the Democratic Party because she tells Congressman how they MUST vote or she will take vengeance on them. She should be driven OUT of Government. Chuck Schumer & Nancy are the MOST Hated people i n our Government who have their own agenda & not an agenda to serve the American People. They to me are a POS. Boycott voting for any Democrat at this point. They are destroying their own Party. We need NEW Fresh YOUNG minds in the Democratic Party Leadership. Out with the TRASH !!!!!!!!!!!!!

    • Kris

      January 18, 2019 at 2:10 pm

      Point on, Keith! Too bad MSM and Social Medias are blinding people to the truth.

  10. Wayne

    January 19, 2019 at 8:38 am

    The Dems don’t realize who they’re dealing with. Kinda like Dundee said “that’s not s knife, this is s knife”

  11. betty

    February 12, 2019 at 11:53 am

    Nancy Pelosi has been in government office for 32 years; she does not think that she is a public servant, but the public is her servant. She has become dictator of California and has destroyed a beautiful state. She now has her nephew as governor following her rule. With research, you will be surprised how she has misused her office to her own benefit. I want Nancy to apologize to president Trump and the American people for her insulting and hateful behavior and dictating many members of the house to follow suit. No elected official should impose their personal vendettas on all the people.

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