A visibly angry President Donald Trump branded CNN's White House correspondent Jim Acosta a "rude, bad person" and an "enemy of the people" in a testy exchange on national television on Wednesday (Nov 7) the day after America's midterm elections.
"We need the money to build the wall, the whole wall, not pieces of it", Trump told reporters at a news conference at the White House following Tuesday's midterm election.
Jim Acosta is a joke and CNN should be ashamed of themselves.
NBC, in particular, took some heat for their coverage of the altercation, with many conservatives wondering if Acosta should have put his hands on the staffer as she tried to take the microphone back.
"I don't know why you would say that", President Trump responded.
The exchange between Trump and CNN's professional provocateur quickly escalated, which ended up with Trump embarrassing Acosta. 'It's a very bad thing that you said'.
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Asked specifically about the future of Attorney General Jeff Sessions and deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, Trump says, "I'd rather answer that at a little bit different time". You are a rude, bad person.'14. "To be honest. You aren't the best", he said. "Just sit down, please".
When asked why Representative Jeff Flake of Arizona, who was not a head of any committe, retired, Trump replied: "I retired him".
CNN reporter Jim Acosta, a frequent critic of the President, once again drew his ire when asking about the Russian Federation inquiry into possible 2016 election interference.
In a statement, CNN called out Trump. "You shouldn't be working for CNN", Trump told Acosta.
TRUMP: That's true. They weren't actors. If i did, you people - you would have known about it. "You shouldn't treat people like that".
Trump moved on to another reporter, but Acosta stood up again and began asking Trump another question.
But Wednesday afternoon's press conference quickly devolved into a war of words with reporters who were hungry to ask the president questions on a variety of issues.