Safe For Now: White House Officials Impressed By Acosta Presser Performance

WASHINGTON, DC - JULY 10: U.S. Secretary of Labor Alex Acosta speaks during a press conference July 10, 2019 at the Labor Department in Washington, DC. Secretary Acosta discussed his role in the sexual abuse case of ... WASHINGTON, DC - JULY 10: U.S. Secretary of Labor Alex Acosta speaks during a press conference July 10, 2019 at the Labor Department in Washington, DC. Secretary Acosta discussed his role in the sexual abuse case of accused sex trafficker Jeffrey Epstein. (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images) MORE LESS
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White House officials were impressed by Labor Secretary Alex Acosta’s “lawyerly” performance during a press conference on Wednesday afternoon, in which he outlined his role in Jeffrey Epstein’s 2008 sweetheart deal for sex abuse crimes and took questions from reporters for almost a full hour.

According to Politico, White House Chief of Staff Mick Mulvaney said Acosta did “exactly what he wanted to do with the facts.” Other White House officials were reportedly stirred by Acosta’s hour-long question-and-answer session with reporters, people familiar with the matter told Politico.

“He did what he needed to do,” a former White House official told Politico.

While Acosta defended his role in the lenient Epstein deal, he barraged the billionaire and accused sex trafficker and argued his sole motivation for cutting a deal with the defense team was to ensure Epstein received jail time. Acosta notably did not apologize to the victims of Epstein’s sex abuse, likely a move meant to impress the President, according to Politico.

While Politico reports that Acosta’s job is safe for now, it is still unclear how long Trump will stand by his labor secretary. Trump is reportedly making that decision based on how long Acosta remains in the news cycle.

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  1. Transl:

    “Our psycho-baby boss said ‘He’s a fighter! Deny everything! I like him!’”

  2. Corruption is excused because of impressively shameless, unabashed lying. This is our new normal.

    Oh and because he knows Epstein and Trump have the same perv.

  3. Be arrogant and admit no wrong and Trump will approve. It won’t be long before a WH cabinet member gives a press conference saying “I killed him, so what? He had it coming. Now, leave me the hell alone!”

    That person would almost certainly become Trump’s next chief of staff.

  4. I didn’t see it, but it was universally described as atrocious by everyone who wrote about it. Did he cry, talk about beer and flatulence, and do other impressive, statesmanlike things?

  5. Today I feel despair, day after day, one article after another showing us that our country has fallen down the rabbit hole with criminals, sex offenders and liars all turning us into a country of no laws. No wonder people are not paying attention, it is so depressing.

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