CNN’s Jim AcostaJames (Jim) AcostaMartha McSally fundraises off 'liberal hack' remark to CNN reporter Trump campaign exploits Bloomberg News blunder Marianne Williamson roasted for claim Trump pardoned Charles Manson MORE on Thursday lauded President TrumpDonald John TrumpLev Parnas implicates Rick Perry, says Giuliani had him pressure Ukraine to announce Biden probe Saudi Arabia paid 0 million for cost of US troops in area Parnas claims ex-Trump attorney visited him in jail, asked him to sacrifice himself for president MORE for his remarks earlier in the morning commemorating the anniversary of the D-Day invasion, calling it the “most on-message moment” thus far in the Trump presidency.

Trump “stayed on-script, stayed on-message and I think rose to the moment” in his remarks, said Acosta, who has frequently clashed with the Trump administration and temporarily had his White House “hard pass” revoked in November 2018.


“As [Trump] was talking about those men gathered behind him, he described them as being among the greatest Americans who have ever lived ... that could not be more of a ‘fact check: true.’ ”

As a result, Acosta said, people who did not necessarily support Trump would think “no matter what I might think about the president of the United States, he said the right thing at Normandy, he did the right thing at Normandy.”

The CNN correspondent added that Trump’s remarks had been true to the spirit of the anniversary commemoration: “It was supposed to be about these men, it was supposed to be about their bravery, and it was about their bravery.”

"To more than 170 veterans of the Second World War who join us today, you are among the very greatest Americans who will ever live," Trump said in his remarks. "You are the pride of our nation. You are the glory of our republic, and we thank you from the bottom of our hearts."

French President Emmanuel MacronEmmanuel Jean-Michel Macron5 reasons why US-Europe tensions will grow in the 2020s — and how to stop it Judd Gregg: The Iranian lessons The Hill's Morning Report - Worries about war in world capitals, Congress MORE also spoke at the ceremony, thanking the U.S. for its involvement in World War II.

“We know what we owe to you veterans: our freedom," Macron said. "On behalf of my nation, I just want to say thank you."