Published: Thu, November 08, 2018
Global Media | By Garry Long

Were these Trump's most heated exchanges with reporters yet?

Were these Trump's most heated exchanges with reporters yet?

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.

Trump then asked Acosta to put down the microphone before briefly stepping away from the podium. "You are a very rude. person. the way you treat Sarah Huckabee is". You shouldn't be working for CNN....

Mr. Trump then became angry with CNN reporter Jim Acosta when he wanted to continue questioning the president about the caravans making their way north through Mexico, and Mr. Trump wanted to end the questioning. Today, Acosta's "question" was about the migrant caravan current making its way through Mexico toward the US border.

Acosta, 47, regularly grills Sanders at press conferences where she defends Trump's most controversial policies.

Acosta persisted, saying: "They are hundreds of miles away".

Sparks flew as the President spoke with reporters just hours after American voters went to the polls; telling Acosta, "Let me run the country, and you can run CNN". Many have threatened to use the subpoena power they will gain in January to investigate Trump and administration actions.

Pres. Trump: Republican Party Will Do Well In Upcoming Elections
Trump is also telling reporters that Republican enthusiasm is off the charts and that the "level of fervor" is very high. That could actually aid him in his bid for re-election - and help the GOP in its effort to regain any losses - in 2020.

Trump said Republicans "defied history" by expanding their majority in the Senate to at least 51 seats, while chastising Republicans who failed to embrace his support. Trump lashed out at Acosta, saying CNN "should be ashamed" of him and he's been terrible to White House press secretary Sarah Sanders. "And if you did it well, your ratings would be much better".

"When you talk about division, it's people like this who cause division", he said of the reporter.

NBC correspondent Peter Alexander, who got to ask the next question, stood up for Acosta, only to receive some of Trump's ire too.

He also said that "I retired" Jeff Flake, the Senate Republican from Arizona who has criticized him. "And it is so sad that you asked me, and no, you rudely interrupted him".

Acosta again tried to badger Trump, and the president lost his cool, shouting "that's enough!" at the reporter. "That's such a racist question". While President Trump has made it clear he does not respect a free press, he has a sworn obligation to protect it.

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