Reporting on President Obama’s appearance in Newport News, Va., today where the president talked up the effects of the sequester, CNN’s Chief White House Correspondent Jessica Yellin called the president’s speech “aggressive” and “partisan.”

“This is not the kind of speech the president would deliver if he thought this – a deal was going to get hammered out this week,” she said. “It was so clearly partisan, it was such an aggressive attack – blaming Republicans for the stalemate — and clearly setting up the blame if those cuts are triggered on Friday.”

Yellin cast doubt on whether the White House is hopeful of a deal, as Obama insists he is.

“That is not the kind of environment you create if you think you’re on the verge of a deal,” Yellin said.