Trump clashes with CNN reporter

Cheryl Sanders
November 9, 2018

President Donald Trump engaged in one of his most direct confrontations with a reporter, arguing with CNN's Jim Acosta at a news conference on Tuesday and calling him rude.

Mr Acosta called Ms Sanders' assertion that he placed his hands on the woman "a lie".

"We have been working at the White House for five years covering two administrations", Acosta said to the officer, as he voluntarily gave up his hard pass.

The president's mood turned sour Wednesday after reporters pressed him on why he referred to a migrant caravan making its way to the US on foot through Mexico as an "invasion".

"I think you should let me run the country, you run CNN, and if you did it well, your ratings would be much better", he said. That's enough. That's enough. "You shouldn't be working for CNN", Trump said to Acosta.

But Acosta kept a tight grip on his microphone, even after a young, female White House aide came over and tried to take it away from him.

"The most risky type of fake news and reporting and evidence is when you get into the fine details, the nuanced things that are shaped to present a certain viewpoint or decision or news a certain way", he said. Finally, in reaction to Acosta's credentials being yanked, CNN declared that such a decision was a "threat to our democracy".

And CNN has slammed the White House for its actions.

President Trump pointed to his poll numbers among African Americans and then ripped the question as "racist". The way you treat Sarah Huckabee is frightful, and the way you treat other people are disgusting.

Sanders said Trump believes in a free press and expects and welcomes tough questions of him and his administration.

Acosta continued to try to talk as the intern was seen trying to take the microphone from his hand. Rather, he said he saw him holding on to the microphone as she reached for it. During the George W. Bush presidency, Trude Feldman, who worked for various news outlets, was suspended for 90 days after security cameras recorded her looking through a press aide's desk late one night. "We will not tolerate the inappropriate behavior clearly documented in this video", she wrote in a tweet.

Throughout the Trump presidency, Acosta has built a reputation of grandstanding to the point that it had become an art form.

"Just sit down, please", Trump told Acosta, who asked the president off mic about his description of the media as "the enemy of the people".

The Storyful report also says: "The video shared by Sanders appeared under an hour after the same video, with the same close-up, was posted by contributor Paul Joseph Watson".

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