Trump Slams CNN's Acosta: 'You are a rude, terrible person'

Jordan Kirkland - November 7th, 2018

At a press conference earlier today, President Trump clashed with CNN White House Reporter Jim Acosta, after the reporter refused to give up the microphone, questioning Trump about the migrant caravan and Russia investigation.

“That's enough. Put down the mic,” he ordered Acosta, as a White House aide tried to take the microphone from him, only for Acosta to initially refuse to turn it over and push her arm down. “I tell you what, CNN should be ashamed of itself having you working for them. You are a rude, terrible person, you shouldn’t be working for CNN.”

Watch the video here.

Trump's verbal spat with Acosta was one of several instances during the 9o-minute press conference. The dispute began with Acosta asked Trump about the migrant caravan approaching the U.S. southern border. Acosta pushed further, asking Trump whether the caravan really was an “invasion,” as Trump had previously stated,

 

“The caravan was not an invasion, it is a group of migrants moving up the border from Central America towards the border with the U.S.,” the reporter scolded Trump.

 

“Thank you for telling me that, I appreciate it,” Trump said, before saying he had not “demonized” immigrants as Acosta claimed.

 

As Trump began to answer, Acosta repeatedly interjected and went back and forth with Trump over how the White House had characterized the caravan.

 

“They're hundreds of miles away, that’s not an invasion,” Acosta said.

 

“Honestly, I think you should let me run the country, you run CNN and if you did it well, your ratings would be much better,” Trump said.

 

Acosta later asked about the Russian investigation, which Trump then called a “hoax.” After Acosta eventually sat down, Trump said “the way you treat Sarah Huckabee is horrible and the way you treat other people is horrible,”

 

Acosta was helped by fellow reporter and NBC correspondent Peter Alexander, who called Acosta a “diligent reporter who busts his butt.”

 

“Well, I’m not a big fan of yours either, to be honest," Trump responded.

 

At that point, Acosta stood up and kept speaking to the president, to which Trump had another retort.

 

“When you report fake news, which CNN does a lot, you are the enemy of the people,” he said.

 

Following the fiery exchange, CNN defended Acosta on Twitter, calling his attacks on the media "un-American."

 

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