During a press conference in the White House on Wednesday, President Donald Trump got in a heated exchange with CNN reporter Jim Acosta after being asked a question that Trump claimed was “racist”.
After the question about a re-election ad that CNN says Trump Supported, Trump asked Acosta to sit down saying, “You should let me run the country, you run CNN”. Trump then points to his assistant asking for another question and she reaches for the mic.
When the White House aid tried to grab the Mic Acosta refused to let it go. This infuriated President Trump even more.
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“I’ll tell you what, CNN should be ashamed of itself having you working for them,” Trump scolded Acosta. “You are a rude, terrible person. You shouldn’t be working for CNN.”
Acosta keeps on pressing the question until the mic is finally given to another reporter. NBC’s Peter Alexander, the next reporter chosen to ask a question, defended his beleaguered colleague.
“In Jim’s defense, I’ve traveled with him, he’s a hard-working, diligent reporter,” Alexander told the president.
Watch the exchange:
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The president has repeatedly accused CNN and other media outlets of producing “fake news” and has attacked them as “the enemy of the people,” even days after a pipe bomb was sent to the outlet’s office. “It’s such a hostile media,” Trump said at the press conference. “So sad.” Trump also went after PBS’ Yamiche Alcindor when she started to ask whether his decision to call himself “a nationalist” may have emboldened white nationalists. “I don’t know why you’d say that, such a racist question,” Trump said to Alcindor, who is black. “I don’t believe that, I don’t believe it. To say that, what you said, is so insulting to me.”
Trump and CNN have a complicated history, and the road seems to be dark and stormy.