Donald Trump, CNN's Jim Acosta Argue at Press Conference

Frederick Owens
November 7, 2018

Acosta finally relinquished the mic and sat down, but Trump then began to verbally berate him from the podium.

"But do you think that you demonized immigrants in this election?"

Mr. Trump responded, "Honestly, I think you should let me run the country, you run CNN".

Acosta then attempted to ask a follow-up question, only to be told by the president, "That's enough".

That didn't stop Acosta from talking but Trump moved on, calling on NBC's Peter Alexander.

"They're hundreds of miles away, that's not an invasion", Acosta said.

Though Trump tried to shut down Acosta's attempts at a follow-up - "That's enough", he said repeatedly, walking away from the microphone several times - Acosta did get in a second question about potential upcoming indictments in the Russian Federation investigation. "You shouldn't be working for CNN". American Urban Radio Networks correspondent April Ryan tried to ask a question and Trump rudely shut her down. You shouldn't be working for CNN. You are a rude bad person. "The way you treat Sarah Huckabee [Sanders] is awful".

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'The way you treat Sarah Huckabee is terrible, ' he said.

Wednesday's event, which began with the president framing Tuesday's election results as a victory for himself and the Republican party, was Trump's first planned, open-ended press conference at the White House since February 2017, and only the second since he took office.

"Well, I'm not a big fan of yours either", Trump said, as some people in the audience laughed.

That brought Acosta to his feet again. Trump then said he wanted immigrants to "come in legally".

"When you report fake are an enemy of the people", he said.

"That is enough", Trump repeated. "It's so sad", Trump said.

When the president tried to go to another journalist, Acosta declined to give up the microphone and asked about possible indictments by special counsel Robert Mueller based on the ongoing investigation into Trump's presidential campaign.

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