President Donald Trump took a victory lap over the end of the government shutdown early Tuesday morning, making sure to include a bizarre jab at CNN’s Chief White House correspondent “Crazy” Jim Acosta in a tweet.
It’s not his best nickname, but then again the president has been slacking on those as of late, so that’s to be expected.
“Even Crazy Jim Acosta of Fake News CNN agrees,” Trump wrote, quoting the reporter:
Even Crazy Jim Acosta of Fake News CNN agrees: “Trump World and WH sources dancing in end zone: Trump wins again…Schumer and Dems caved…gambled and lost.” Thank you for your honesty Jim!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) January 23, 2018
“Thank you for your honesty Jim!” the president added, perhaps signaling a turning point in the pair’s frosty relationship?
Trump seems to be misquoting this Monday tweet from Acosta, in which he reported that his White House sources were “dancing in end zone,” before quoting sources as claiming that Democrats “caved…gambled and lost” in their negotiations:
Trump world and WH sources dancing in end zone: “Trump wins again… “ Schumer and Dems “caved… gambled and lost.”
— Jim Acosta (@Acosta) January 22, 2018
It’s not clear (it never is) whether Trump understands that Acosta’s tweet is composed of quotes, or if he’s deliberately trolling the White House reporter.
The government shutdown came to a close after a solid 69 hours on Monday, after Trump signed a bill to fund the government through February 8.