CNN’s Jim Acosta: Trump’s Coronavirus Message “Smacking of Xenophobia”

CNN’s Jim Acosta accused President Trump of making xenophobic comments, just moments after the president called on the nation to put aside partisan politics and unify together as one family.

“This is the most aggressive and comprehensive effort to confront a foreign virus in modern history,” the president told the nation. “I am confident that by counting and continuing to take these tough measures, we will significantly reduce the threat to our citizens, and we will ultimately and expeditiously defeat this virus.

Acosta took the president to task for mentioning that the virus originated in China — which it did.

“The president referred to the coronavirus as a quote, ‘foreign’ virus,” Acosta said. “That is interesting because I was talking to sources this evening, one of the points that the president wanted to make tonight, wanted to get across to Americans is that this virus did not start here, but that they are dealing with it. Now why the president would go as far as to describe it as a ‘foreign’ virus, that is something we’ll also be asking questions about. But it should be pointed out that Stephen Miller, who is an immigration hardliner who advises the president is one of the top domestic policy advisers and speech writer, was a driving force in writing this speech and I think it is going to come across to a lot of Americans as smacking of xenophobia to use that kind of term in this speech.”

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