CNN White House correspondent Jim Acosta claimed Tuesday that President Donald Trump is using China as a "scapegoat" for the coronavirus pandemic, leading critics to accuse the journalist of protecting the Communist Party of China.
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During a coronavirus press briefing where President Trump announced he instructed his administration to halt funding of the World Health Organization over its handling of COVID-19, Acosta tweeted, "Scapegoats blamed by Trump for Coronavirus pandemic:" listing, "World Health Organization, Members of News Media, Democrats in Congress, Governors, (Not himself)."
The reporter added,
"Other scapegoats blamed by Trump: China, Obama administration."
Other scapegoats blamed by Trump: China Obama administration— Jim Acosta (@Jim Acosta)1586903678.0
Acosta — who has a long history of run-ins with President Trump and has been accused of acting more like a political operative than a journalist — was lambasted by several conservatives who questioned the motivation behind his tweets.
Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) asked, "Why is CNN apologizing for the Communist Party of China? You're supposed to be journalists, not CCP propagandists."
Why is CNN apologizing for the Communist Party of China? Youâ��re supposed to be journalists, not CCP propagandists. https://t.co/pJDeJyTHKx— Ted Cruz (@Ted Cruz)1586905258.0
Addressing Acosta directly, Cruz added, "Jim, any 'reporting' on this is fraudulent without acknowledging the WHO's blatant schilling for the CCP."
Jim, any â��reportingâ�� on this is fraudulent without acknowledging the WHOâ��s blatant schilling for the CCP:â�¦ https://t.co/7gOlKpePlg— Ted Cruz (@Ted Cruz)1586905517.0
The president's son, Donald Trump Jr., also chimed in, suggesting "Maybe time for a name change from CNN to Xi NN. It's much more fitting," in reference to Chinese President Xi Jinping.
Maybe time for a name change from CNN to Xi NN. Itâ��s much more fitting. https://t.co/vdbEwo8nI5— Donald Trump Jr. (@Donald Trump Jr.)1586907061.0
Conservative writer Bethany Mandel asked Acosta, "Are the CCP paying you or do you do this for free?"
@Acosta Are the CCP paying your or do you do this for free— Bethany S. Mandel (@Bethany S. Mandel)1586905268.0