In his first press conference after the midterm elections, President Donald Trump clashed with CNN’s Jim Acosta after an explosive back-and-forth over the migrant caravan.
Acosta began his questioning by asking about Trump’s statements regarding the migrant caravan, including follow-up questions about the controversial advertisement the White House ran that addressed border security after the election.
The two didn’t make it long before tempers flared.
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Acosta: I wanted to challenge you about one of the statements you made at the tail end of the campaign in the midterms.
Trump: Here we go. Come on.
Acosta: You said that the caravan was an “invasion.”
Trump: I consider it to be an invasion.
Acosta: Mr. President, the caravan was not an invasion. It’s a group of migrants moving up from Central America towards the border with the U.S.
Trump: Thank you for telling me that, today. I appreciate that.
Acosta: Why did you characterize it as such?
Trump: I consider it an invasion. You and I have a difference of opinion.
Acosta: Do you think you demonized immigrants?
Trump: No, no. I want them to come in legally. You know, they have to come in, Jim, through a process. I want it to be a process. And we need the people. You know why we need the people? Because we have hundreds of people coming in. We need the people.
Acosta went on to question why Trump ran the controversial ad that compared the members of the caravan to an illegal immigrant who killed American citizens. The president doubled down on his sentiment that the caravan is an invasion.
Acosta pushed back, saying, “They’re hundreds of miles away.”
“Why don’t you let me run the country,” said Trump, adding, “You run CNN. If you did it well, your ratings would be much better.”
From there, Trump tried to move to the next question, but in typical fashion, Acosta didn’t let go of the microphone, prompting the president to say, “That’s enough. Put down the mic.”
“You are a rude, terrible person. You shouldn’t be working for CNN,” Trump told CNN’s Jim Acosta during a press conference in which he repeatedly clashed with reporters. pic.twitter.com/OvWCcFap5g
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After it became clear that Acosta was going to keep asking questions, the president said:
“I tell you what, CNN should be ashamed of itself having you working for them. You are a rude, terrible person. You shouldn’t be working for CNN. You are a rude person. The way you treat Sarah Huckabee is horrible and the way you treat other people are horrible. You shouldn’t treat people that way. ”
Even after staff took the microphone away from Acosta, he continued to shout at the president, condemning him for calling the media the “enemy of the people.”
Trump didn’t bat an eye, saying, “When you report fake news, which CNN does a lot, you are the enemy of the people.”
It is pretty clear those two won’t be friends anytime soon.