CNN White House correspondent exposes his ignorance--60 countries have English as official language

The Hill:
White House aide Stephen Miller on Wednesday clashed with CNN's Jim Acosta over the White House's new preferred immigration policy, at one point lambasting the reporter as a "cosmopolitan."

The exchange was among several contentious moments at the White House briefing, where Miller touted a bill reducing legal immigration that President Trump helped roll out Wednesday morning.

Miller and Acosta butted heads over the legislation. Acosta, who said his father immigrated from Cuba before the Cuban Missile Crisis, questioned whether the White House's policy is in keeping with American tradition.

"You are sort of bringing a 'press 1 for English' philosophy here to immigration and that's never been what the United States has been about," Acosta said. "Are we just going to bring in people from Great Britain and Australia?"

Miller pounced at that point.

"I can honestly say: I am shocked at your statement that you think only people from Great Britain and Australia would know English. It reveals your cosmopolitan bias to a shocking degree — this is an amazing moment," he said, speaking over Acosta as the reporter tried to interject.

"That you think only people from Great Britain or Australia would speak English is so insulting to millions of hardworking immigrants who speak English from all over the world. Jim, have you honestly never met an immigrant from another country from another country who speaks English outside of Great Britain and Australia?"
This is appalling ignorance on Acosta's part. There are actually 60 countries where English is the official language and even in countries where it is not such as China and India millions of people speak English. They do this because they want to do business with people in the US or want to come here as legal immigrants. Is Acosta ignorant of the fact that people in the Philippines routinely speak English? How about Pakistan since Acosta was trying to twist the requirement into an anti-Muslim ban of some sort?

After the confrontation Acosta was so blissfully ignorant of his mistake he claimed to have "won" the debate, as if that is the job of a White House reporter, to begin with.


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