CNN's Jim Acosta: Trump is 'crazy like a fox'

CNN's chief White House correspondent Jim AcostaJames (Jim) AcostaTrump goes after 'nasty' WaPost reporters, suggests they be barred from White House Judge orders White House to restore Playboy reporter's press pass White House Correspondents Association objects to suspension of Playboy reporter's credentials MORE on Sunday weighed in on discussions about President TrumpDonald John TrumpJulián Castro: It's time for House Democrats to 'do something' about Trump Warren: Congress is 'complicit' with Trump 'by failing to act' Sanders to join teachers, auto workers striking in Midwest MORE’s mental state, saying he thinks Trump is “more crazy like a fox."

"I tell folks, I’m not a psychiatrist," Acosta said on CNN's "Reliable Sources." "I can’t assess the president’s mental state, but I will tell you my sense of it, covering him for a pretty long period of time now, is that he’s more crazy like a fox."

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Acosta went on to note former White House chief strategist Steven Bannon told him in an interview that Trump purposefully says sensationalistic things to stir reactions from the press. 

"Bannon explains in an interview that I had with him, that what Trump tries to do is really control the narrative by saying sensational things that sound wild and nutty sometimes, and he does this because he knows it dominates the news cycle," Acosta said. "That makes it a priority for us in the news business to talk about him nonstop. And he loves that and he capitalizes [on] that."

Acosta, who has repeatedly sparred with the White House, spoke with CNN's Brian Stelter just days ahead of the release of his book, "The Enemy of the People: A Dangerous Time to Tell the Truth in America," which dives into the Trump administration and its relationship with the press. 

His comments about Trump came hours after George ConwayGeorge Thomas ConwayClarence Thomas, Joe Manchin, Rudy Giuliani among guests at second state visit under Trump George Conway: If Trump pushed Ukraine to investigate Biden, he 'should be impeached and removed from office' Joe Walsh 'honored' to have George Conway as informal adviser in challenge to Trump MORE, the husband of White House counselor Kellyanne ConwayKellyanne Elizabeth ConwayClarence Thomas, Joe Manchin, Rudy Giuliani among guests at second state visit under Trump George Conway: If Trump pushed Ukraine to investigate Biden, he 'should be impeached and removed from office' Obama, Bush among those paying tribute to Cokie Roberts: 'A trailblazing figure' MORE, said that Trump was "mentally unwell."

"You're mentally unwell. You engage in bizarre, irrational, self-defeating behavior, which prompts criticism of you, which triggers more bizarre, irrational, self-defeating behavior," Conway tweeted after Trump explained why he often took aim at the "corrupt" media. "You would have been fired from any other job by now." 

Conway, a repeated critic of Trump, later tweeted that it was "astonishing" that the press would not confront the "fact that we have a psychologically unwell and unfit president."

Asked if he had any regrets, Acosta said he wished "at times, the press had been more in solidarity with one another and standing up to the White House, and saying listen, 'the president can’t call us the enemy of the people.' "

Acosta gained attention in November after the White House revoked his press credentials. CNN later sued and a federal judge ruled in the network's favor, restoring Acosta's credentials. Acosta said Sunday that the case was "very important," adding that, had the Trump administration won, "it would have sent shock waves through our industry.”