“The president was just sort of served up a softball.”
CNN White House Correspondent Jim Acosta accused Daily Caller reporter Saagar Enjeti of asking Brazilian President Bolsonaro a “softball” question during a press conference Tuesday.
Speaking to a CNN panel following the joint press conference between Presidents Trump and Bolsonaro, Acosta said Enjeti’s question was asked in a way that “teed it up” for the Brazilian leader.
“The question was asked in a way that really teed it up like a game of tee ball here in the Rose Garden,” Acosta told the panel. “The president was just sort of served up a softball there when he was asked whether or not the Democrats are advancing a lot of socialist ideas,” he continued.
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Jason Howerton, who serves as Director of Engagement for Blaze Media, reminded Acosta that he didn’t necessarily have an impeccable record of grilling political figures.
During a similar joint press conference late in President Barack Obama’s final term, Acosta offered up praise of Obama’s accomplishments before proceeding with a question that could be characterized as a “softball.”
“I wanted to ask you about what some people are calling you best week ever last week,” Acosta told Obama. “You had two Supreme Court decisions supportive of the Affordable Care Act and of gay rights. You also delivered a speech down in Charleston that was pretty warmly received. It seems like you’ve built up some political capital for the remaining months of your presidency,” Acosta continues before finally getting to the question.
“I’m curious how you want to use it,” Acosta said in reference to the political capital Obama had purportedly built up. “What hard things do you want to tackle at this point?”
Acosta has found himself at odds with the Trump administration in recent months. In November, he had his White House press credentials revoked after refusing to give up the microphone during a press conference.
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