Thursday, 15 November, 2018

Trump lashes out at CNN reporter at surreal press conference

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Charlie Simmons | 08 November, 2018, 03:24

At one particularly heated point in the conference, Mr Trump got into a tense exchange with Jim Acosta from television news channel CNN, which led to the president calling him a "terrible person".

President Trump to Jim @Acosta: "You should let me run the country".

"It's very hard when you have that many retirements", he said. Go ahead. You are a very rude person, the way that you treat Sarah Huckabee Sanders is awful. The way you treat other people is terrible. You're a very rude person.

Acosta then stood again to push back against Trump, referencing the pipe bombs that were recently sent to CNN's offices. "You and I have a difference of opinion", Trump replied calmly.

He said he's damned by the press for having either too few, too many or just the right amount of press availabilities. "We used to call it the press".

Trump explained he wants immigrants to come to America, because its expanding economy needs the workers, but they need to come legally.

"That's enough. That's enough", Trump said.

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

A PBS reporter who is herself African-American asked Trump if he was emboldening white nationalists by describing himself generally as a 'nationalist'. Alcindor pressed on. "There are some people who say the Republican Party is seen as supporting white nationalists because of your rhetoric. You have nationalists, you have globalists, I also love the world and I don't mind helping the world but we have to straighten out our country first".

"Well, I'm not a big fan of yours, either", the president of the United States actually said.

Alcindor moved on to a different topic.

Sarcastically thanking him, Trump bluntly dismissed his comments and denied an ad campaign featuring migrants climbing a wall were "Hollywood actors". Mia Love. I saw Mia Love, she called me all the time to help her with a hostage situation, being held hostage in Venezuela.

It means the Trump presidency - which already had no free rein despite a Republican-led chamber - will face a significant challenge, setting the tone over the remaining two years. Trump blasted Alexander for "trying to be like" Acosta, and Ryan for "rudely interrupting" another reporter.

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