Acosta made the announcement to reporters while standing next to President Donald Trump outside the White House. Trump said Acosta had called him Friday morning and that it was Acosta's decision to quit.
"This was him, not me, because I'm with him," Trump said in a lengthy exchange with the press before departing the White House en route to events in Wisconsin and Ohio. "I said, 'You don't have to do this.'"
Acosta told reporters that he did not want his involvement in Epstein's controversy to overshadow the administration's accomplishments. Acosta said he will officially resign a week after his announcement. Deputy Labor Secretary Patrick Pizzella will take his place in an acting capacity, Trump said.