CNN White House correspondent Jim Acosta — a frequent critic of President Donald Trump who just wrote a book about “the dangers he faces reporting on the current White House” — delivered high praise for the commander in chief’s D-Day speech in Normandy on Thursday.
Acosta’s comments were so stunning it caused Fox News to declare hell had frozen over.
What did he say?
President Trump delivered an address overlooking the beaches of Normandy on the 75th anniversary of the World War II allied invasion, with dozens of D-Day veterans seated directly behind him on stage, the Washington Examiner reported.
When the president finished speaking, CNN cut to Acosta, who was reporting on-site from the American cemetery in France, and asked for his assessment of President Trump’s remarks.
“I think this is perhaps the most on-message moment of Donald Trump’s presidency, today,” Acosta began. “We were all wondering whether he would veer from his remarks, go off his script there, but he stayed on script, stayed on message, and I think, rose to the moment, and as he was talking about the men gathered behind him, he described them as being among the greatest Americans who have ever lived. I mean, that could not be any more of a fact check true if we could have found one.”
The reporter and pundit went on to say, “It really was one of those moments that I think Donald Trump needed to rise to in order to — I think — walk away from the cemetery, walk away from this hallowed ground, and have people back at home saying ‘You know what, no matter what I think about the current president of the United States, he said the right thing at Normandy, he did the right thing at Normandy,’ he really hit all of the right, I think, moments in that speech when he was paying respect to these heroes who are still with us.”
Acosta also complimented French President Emmanuel Macron, who spoke at the ceremony as well, saying he and President Trump both “were just hitting all the right notes throughout their remarks” despite the fact that the two “lately have not been getting along very well with one another.”
The White House correspondent did feel the need to mention that President Trump was delayed in arriving because he was giving an interview to Fox News ahead of the ceremony, but added, “Honestly, you have to put all of that to the side and recognize that this was just a really captivating, stirring, remarkable moment for the entire world to witness as politics was just put aside, washed aside, as we remember the bravery and the courage of these men today.”
A Fox News report detailing Acosta’s comments bore the headline, “Hell freezes over as Jim Acosta, Joe Scarborough praise Trump’s D-Day speech.”
‘He did the right thing at Normandy’: Jim Acosta heaps praise on Trump for D-Day address