CNN’s Acosta: Trump ‘Making Life Difficult’ for Experts on Task Force, They Don’t Want to Be Seen as Disagreeing With Him


CNN’s Jim Acosta told Wolf Blitzer after Friday’s short White House coronavirus task force briefing that President Donald Trump is “making life difficult” for his own experts.

Acosta said Trump — who didn’t take questions at the briefing — is clearly “feeling the heat big time” after his comments Thursday about disinfectant.

He went on to note that Dr. Anthony Fauci and Dr. Deborah Birx were not at that briefing:

“My colleague Kevin Liptak and I have been doing some reporting on this — the president has been making life difficult for the medical experts on the coronavirus task force. I can tell you, and Kevin can say from talking to sources, that some of the experts on the task force are just very reluctant to publicly disagree with the president on camera. And some of this dynamic goes to the extent that there are times these experts don’t want to stand behind the president, they’d rather be off to the side of the room because they don’t want the camera to pick up the expressions on their face when the president is making these sorts of comments.”

“The experts on this task force are highly aware of those cameras and they are very concerned about their expressions being picked up. They don’t want to be seen as publicly disagreeing with the president or perhaps laughing at the president when he makes these sorts of claims,” Acosta added, saying they “can’t give the American people the truth” because they’re worried about POTUS “lashing out.”

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