Journalist Jim Acosta said that President Trump’s Oval Office address Tuesday evening should have come with a warning.
“That address probably should have come with a Surgeon General’s warning. It was hazardous to the truth,” the CNN White House reporter said following the address. “There’s a number of claims that are not going to stand up to the facts.”
Trump’s prime-time speech argued that the situation at the southern border is a crisis and laid out why he thinks a border wall is necessary. Trump’s stalemate with congressional Democrats over more than $5 billion in funding for the wall has led to a partial government shutdown that has disrupted some government services and left more than 800,000 federal workers without a paycheck.
The Surgeon General’s office periodically issues public health warnings to the American people. A notable example is the warning on tobacco cigarette packages.
Acosta also said that Trump’s address was “heartless,” “soulless,” and didn’t really present any new information.
“This just goes back to what we were all anticipating before this address, and that is that this was primarily going to be recycled rhetoric from the president’s rallies and his immigration speeches and that’s pretty much what we got,” Acosta said.
In November the White House stripped Acosta of his press credentials after he refused to give up his microphone at a press conference following the 2018 midterm elections. His credentials were restored later in the month.