Trump Wrecks CNN's Jim Acosta For Accusing Him of 'Happy Talk'

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Posted: Apr 10, 2020 4:55 PM
Trump Wrecks CNN's Jim Acosta For Accusing Him of 'Happy Talk'

Source: (AP Photo/Evan Vucci, File)

On Friday afternoon CNN's Jim Acosta accused President Trump of engaging in "happy talk" during daily briefings on Wuhan coronavirus. In short order, he got completely wrecked. 

"Mr. President, we hear from a lot of people who see these briefings as sort of 'happy talk' briefings," Acosta said. 

"No happy talk today," President Trump replied, praising the task force. 

"This is not happy talk. Maybe it's happy talk for you. It's not happy talk for me. We're talking about death. We're talking about the greatest economy in the world one day I have to close it off. And we did the right thing because maybe it would have been two million people died instead of whatever that final number will be. Which could be 60, 70, could 75, could be 55 [thousand]," he said. "Thousands of people have died. There's nothing happy about it Jim. This is sad talk. These are the saddest news conference that I've ever had. I don't like doing them, you know why? Because I'm talking about death. I'm talking about taking the greatest economy ever created. We had the greatest numbers we've ever had in almost every aspect of economics."

"There's no happy talk Jim. This is the real deal and I've got to make the biggest decision of my life," he continued in reference to opening the economy. "I've made a lot of big decisions in my life...this is by far the biggest decision of my life." 

Watch the full exchange below.