On Tuesday, Donald Trump met with the president of Kazakhstan, Nursultan Nazarbayev, in the Oval Office. Surrounded by press, President Trump made note of economic ties between the US and the Central Asian country. In turn, Nazarbayev expressed gratitude for the invitation to the White House and for our support of Kazakhstan's independence after the Cold War. At the end of the photo-op, CNN's Jim Acosta made a fool of himself before he was gloriously dismissed by Trump in no uncertain terms.
Previously, Acosta hasn't exactly made a name for himself as a respectable journalist. Last August, during a press conference with White House adviser Stephen Miller, the reporter accused any notion of a merit-based immigration policy of being ahistorical and anti-American:
“The Statue of Liberty says ‘Give me your tired, your poor, your huddled masses yearning to breathe free.' It doesn’t say anything about speaking English or being able to be a computer programmer...Are we just going to bring in people from Great Britain and Australia?”
Miller eviscerated him:
“I am shocked at your statement, that you think only people from Great Britain and Australia would know English. It reveals your cosmopolitan bias to a shocking degree...That you think only people from Great Britain or Australia would speak English is so insulting to millions of hard-working immigrants who do speak English from all over the world."
In December, during a no-question recommissioning of the National Defense Authorization Act, Acosta shouted to Trump, asking him to clarify comments regarding Democratic Senator being willing to "[do] anything" for campaign donations. The inappropriate behavior purportedly almost resulted in Acosta being banned from the White House.
In another incident -- when President Trump's physician made public his report of the leader of the free world's excellent health yesterday -- Acosta asked a stunningly daft question:
"There isn’t anything that’s part of the president’s health records or his overall physical fitness or any medications that he’s taking that you’re not permitted to tell us? Is there anything you’re keeping from us for privacy reasons?”
Continuing his propensity for idiocy, Acosta asked an inappropriate, outrageously insulting question of the President at the end of the Trump/Nazarbayev Oval Office meeting, referencing Trump's recent, reported "sh*thole" comment concerning a few countries related to immigration:
ACOSTA: Mr. President, did you say that you want more people to come in from Norway? Did you say that you wanted more people coming in from Norway?
PRESIDENT TRUMP: Thank you very much. Thank you very much.
ACOSTA: Is that true, Mr. President?
PRESIDENT TRUMP: I want them to come in from everywhere — everywhere. Thank you very much, everybody.
ACOSTA: Just the Caucasian or white countries, sir? Or do you want people to come in from other parts of the world?
The man who became famous on television for "You're fired," shot a similarly simple and punishing directive to Acosta, paired with a pointed finger:
And that was that.