In what might be the most surprising thing to happen this week, CNN’s Jim Acosta showered President Donald Trump on Thursday for his magnificent D-Day speech.
During a segment on CNN, Acosta was asked about Trump’s speech honoring the brave Allied fighters who “stood in the fires of hell” on the 75th anniversary of D-Day.
Acosta praised the president and spoke highly of his speech.
“This is perhaps the most on-message moment of Donald Trump’s presidency today. We were all wondering if he would veer from his remarks, go off of his script but he stayed on script, stayed on message and, I think, rose to the moment,” Acosta said on CNN immediately following the speech.
Acosta praised Trump for saying the men who stormed the beaches are among the greatest Americans who have ever lived.
That could not be more of a fact check true,” Acosta said.
He continued: “It was really one of those moments that Donald Trump needed to rise to in order to, I think, walk away from the cemetery, walk away from this hallowed ground and have people back at home saying, ‘You know what, no matter what I think about the current president of the United States, he said the right thing at Normandy. He did the right thing at Normandy.’”
Acosta concluded by saying Trump “hit all of the right moments” when paying respect to the D-Day heroes.
MSNBC’s “Morning Joe” co-host Joe Scarborough, who also has a long history of bashing the president, echoed Acosta’s thoughts on Trump’s terrific speech.
“Trump delivered what, again, I believe is the strongest speech of his presidency,” Scarborough said, noting that it was a “beautiful moment” when Trump acknowledged that many of the troops feel the “heroes were the ones that never came back” but the survivors formed a remarkable generation.
Here are some of the best lines from Trump’s speech.
“To all of our friends and partners: Our cherished alliance was forged in the heat of battle, tested in the trials of war, and proven in the blessings of peace. Our bond is unbreakable.”
Trump said the soldiers who came to Normandy that day “knew that they were carrying on their shoulders not just the pack of a soldier, the but the fate of the world.”
He praised the troops from other countries before asserting, “And finally, there were the Americans.”
They came from the farms of a vast heartland, the streets of glowing cities and the forges of mighty industrial towns. Before the war, many had never ventured beyond their own community. Now, they had come to offer their lives halfway across the world,” he said.
“You are the pride of our nation, you are the glory of the republic, and we thank you from the bottom of our heart,” Trump said.