It’s apparent there’s an ongoing feud between President Donald Trump and CNN chief White House correspondent Jim Acosta. Now, the CNN reporter is writing a book about the president and the media.
The book will be titled “The Enemy of the People: A Dangerous Time to Tell the Truth in America.” “Enemy” of the people is what Trump has labeled Acosta’s network several times, according to the Associated Press.
“Simply put, I am writing this book to share what I’ve experienced covering President Trump during his first two years in office,” Acosta said in a statement. He added:
This sobering, bewildering and sometimes frightening experience has made it absolutely clear that this is a dangerous time to tell the truth in America. The president and his team, not to mention some of his supporters, have attempted to silence the press in ways we have never seen before.
As just about everybody has seen, I have witnessed this firsthand.
HarperCollins, the book’s publisher, described Acosta as “a veteran of reporting on four administrations” who “presents a damning vision of bureaucratic dysfunction, deception and danger.” It said the upcoming book will be “offering a fly on the wall view of the White House communications during one of the most dramatic and contentious, but consequential, times in the country’s history.”
The CNN reporter will discuss his interactions with White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders as well as with the president and senior adviser Stephen Miller.
Acosta’s feud with the president comes after a clash in November 2018 when the reporter kept throwing questions at the president on immigration during a press briefing while Trump tried to move on to the next reporter, as IJR Red reported.
After the fiery clash, in which Acosta was accused of putting his hands on a White House intern, the White House yanked Acosta’s hard pass, which resulted in CNN filing a lawsuit. The hard pass was later returned to the reporter on a judge’s order.
“There must be decorum at the White House,” Sanders said following the incident.
Trump recently stood in defense of Sanders cutting back on her briefings, telling her “not to bother” with them. He added that “the press covers her so rudely & inaccurately.”
It seems as if Acosta’s upcoming book will cause sparks again between himself and the president.