Thursday, 15 November, 2018

Trump clashes with 'rude, terrible' journalist in extraordinary exchange

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Gerardo Duncan | 08 November, 2018, 03:25

During the same press conference, PBS Newshour's Yamiche Alcindor asked what Trump thought of the belief that he and the Republican party are bolstering white nationalism, which he called a "racist question".

CNN reporter Jim Acosta was dressed down by Trump after challenging him on his characterisation of the migrant caravan heading to the United States as an "invasion".

"I think you should let me run the country and let you run CNN, " Trump said. Shouting over Trump's attempts to move on to another reporter, Acosta managed to ask a question about the Russian Federation investigation.

He threw out a hasty question about the Russian Federation investigation, but President Trump spoke over him. Trump said he's not.

In a statement, White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders blamed the suspension of privileges on Acosta placing his hands on a young woman.

President Trump is calling for unity on the heels of the midterm elections.

Later on, Trump upbraided the entire media for reporting fake news and called them "hostile" and "rude" for constantly interrupting - something they did not do with President Obama.

"As you know, Mr. President, the caravan was not an invasion, Acosta said".

"That's such a racist question", responded the president, who noted his high approval rating among black Americans.

When NBC reporter Peter Alexander took the mic for the next question, he defended Acosta as a "diligent reporter" - earning Trump's ire. Nearly as if Trump, anxious about Democrat's gaining control of the House and the possible investigations that might follow, was looking for a fight to pick, or a "dog" to kick.

Following the testy confrontations, CNN tweeted that Trump's "ongoing attacks on the press have gone too far".

'I love our country. I do.

The poll also noted that Trump had 29 percent support among black people on August 6, compared with 15 percent on August 3, 2017.

In a stinging put down of Acosta, he said: "I tell you what CNN should be ashamed of itself having you working for them. Just sit down, please".

One recent survey from Rasmussen, a generally Trump-friendly poll, found that approval number at 36 per cent.

Waving his finger, Trump berated him.

TRUMP: I consider it to be an invasion. "It's a very bad thing you said to me".

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