CNN's Jim Acosta cast a jaundiced eye at Donald Trump's naming of budget director Mick Mulvaney as his "acting chief of staff" after a day of more bad news for the president from special counsel Robert Mueller.
Reacting to the news that Trump made the announcement on Twitter at the end of the news day, the CNN correspondent -- who has had a contentious relationship with Trump -- said it was nothing more than a "distraction."
"The timing is very noteworthy," Acosta pointed out. "The president appears to be dangling a bright, shiny object on this late Friday evening, selecting his budget director Mick Mulvaney as his acting chief of staff."
"We should point out he has only been selected as an 'acting chief of staff,'" Acosta emphasized. "The president apparently trying to change the newscycle here, but even today with a momentous decision as naming a new chief of staff or an acting chief of staff, it is going to be tough to change the narrative of this news cycle with his former attorney, Michael Cohen speaking out, and not just to the special counsel's office."
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