CNN's Jim Acosta says Trump is trying to distract us with chaos of Mattis announcement
Jim Acosta - CNN

President Donald Trump announced via Twitter that Defense Secretary Jim Mattis will retire at the end of February.

CNN's Jim Acosta said that Trump's decision was "scattershot" and a tactic used to distract the American people from the multiple ongoing investigations against him at the moment.

Acosta ripped Trump for "dangling bright shiny objects" while his "back is against the wall."

"This announcement that he's leaving the administration comes right in the middle of this very fierce debate over what should happen to U.S troops in Syria," Acosta said.

"I think the other thing that we have to make a point of, because we've seen this so many times is this dangling of bright shiny objects. All of this goes back to this criticism that we hear from both sides of the aisle which is when the president makes some of these very important decisions, he does it on Twitter when everybody is caught off guard," he said.

"It just raises the question about whether the rules are on over here at the White House or whether he's just sort of doing this in kind of a scattershot approach to try to throw people's attention away from parts of the news cycle not going his way," he said.

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