CNN’s Chief White House Correspondent Calls Trump A ‘Racist’ Live On-Air

Benny Johnson | Reporter At Large

CNN’s Chief White House Correspondent Jim Acosta said President Trump was a “racist” Thursday evening live on air.

The comments were in response to remarks made by the president at the White House Thursday.

In a private meeting with lawmakers, Trump is quoted as saying:

“Why are we having all these people from shithole countries come here?”

The president was specifically referring to immigrants from Haiti, El Salvador and African countries and a proposal to restore protections to them.

In response, Acosta went on a long tangent from the White House lawn, declaring that Trump is a “president [that] seems to harbor racist feelings about people of color.”

The full quote from Acosta:

I think, Wolf, what we have to come to grips with, I almost have to think back to the day when we were at Trump Tower when the president was commenting on Carolinas and saying there were “fine people on both sides,” among the white supremacists and the Nazis. The President of the United States seems to have a problem here Wolf, in this area. And we can tiptoe around it, we can dance around it and not really put our finger on it, but the president seems to harbor racist feelings about people of color. From other parts of the world. And it’s just a terrible thing to have come out of your mouth as a White House correspondent, or as a journalist, but if these comments are accurate, Wolf, I think it just is going to cause more damage, more grave damage to this presidency because it cuts to the very core of who he is.

Acosta made the comments on Wolf Blitzer’s CNN show.

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