CNN's Jim Acosta Weighs In on Donald Trump's Mental State: President Is 'Crazy Like a Fox'

CNN White House chief correspondent Jim Acosta said Donald Trump is "crazy like a fox" this weekend while discussing the president's mental state.

During a segment on CNN's Reliable Sources on Sunday, host Brian Stelter and Acosta discussed Trump's mental health after several critics accused the president of being mentally unstable this week.

"Kellyanne Conway's husband, George Conway, continues to say that the president is mentally unwell, unfit," Stelter said, before airing tweets posted by Conway over the weekend saying that the president should "resign and seek psychological treatment."

"You're not 'presidential' at all, period. You're mentally unwell. You engage in bizarre, irrational, self-defeating behavior, which prompts bizarre criticism of you, which triggers more bizarre, irrational, self-defeating behavior. You would have been fired from any other job by now," Conway, a frequent Trump critic, tweeted on Sunday morning.

Acosta — who covers the Trump White House on a daily basis — offered his perspective on the president's mental health. "I tell folks, I'm not a psychiatrist," he said. "I can't assess the president's mental state, but I will tell you is my sense of it, covering him for a pretty long period of time now, is that he's more crazy like a fox."

"Steve Bannon explains in an interview that I had with him that what Trump tries to do is really control the narrative by saying sensational things that sound wild and nutty sometimes," Acosta explained. "He does this because he knows it dominates the news cycle. So, that makes it a priority for us in the news business to talk about him non-stop and he loves that and he capitalizes on that."

"Do you have any regrets?" Stelter asked.

"I wish at times that the press had been a bit more in solidarity with one another in standing up to this White House and saying, 'Listen, the president can't call us the enemy of the people. We're not going to go along with that,'" Acosta responded. "And I think we've missed some opportunities here and there to challenge that."

Acosta noted that he is, however, grateful that most news organizations in Washington D.C. and in New York "stood behind us here at CNN when they took away my press pass."

The White House rescinded Acosta's White House press credentials last November after a tense televised press conference in the days following the 2018 midterm elections. Acosta and his network argued that the decision was down to the president not liking his questions, however the Trump administration claimed it was because Acosta failed to pass a microphone to a staffer so another journalist could ask a question.

After CNN sued over the incident, a federal judge ruled in favor of the network and ordered for Acosta's credentials to be reinstated.

"It's a very important First Amendment case and I talk about it in the book that if the Trump administration won that case, Brian, it would have sent shock waves through our industry," the political reporter added.

Acosta's appearance comes just days before his new book, The Enemy of the People: A Dangerous Time to Tell the Truth in America, is set to be released on June 11. The latest tell-all book on the Trump presidency explores the Trump administration's relationship with the free press.

Watch the CNN segment below:

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CNN's Jim Acosta weight in on Donald Trump's mental health on Sunday, saying that he thinks the president is "crazy like a fox." CNN/Screenshot