Combative Trump brawls with media and slams his own party

Geraldine Edwards
November 8, 2018

During a news conference following the midterm elections, President Donald Trump and CNN chief White House correspondent Jim Acosta had a heated exchange, with Trump calling Acosta a "rude, bad person" and decrying CNN as "the enemy of the people".

The day after his party lost its lock on the U.S. Congress, President Donald Trump walked into a White House press conference ready for political combat, name-checking Republicans who he blamed for losing their seats and lashing out at reporters who challenged his assertions.

Acosta began by challenging Trump's assertion that a caravan of Central American migrants making its way on foot through Mexico to the USA border represented an "invasion".

ACOSTA: Mr. President, I had one other question if I may ask on the Russian Federation investigation.

Trump refused to answer Acosta's questions about calling the migrant caravan an "invasion" and the Russian collusion investigation.

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"I'm not a fan of yours either".

Mr Trump also delivered a stark warning to the Democratic Party following yesterday's midterm elections: Investigate me, and I'll investigate you - and the Government will grind to a halt.

"Mia Love gave me no love", the president said.

Aggressive Trump went on to say: "When you report fake news, which CNN does a lot, you are the enemy of the people".

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Trump called "false" a claim from his former attorney Michael Cohen that he he once said 'black people are too stupid to vote for me'.

"I don't know why you would say that", President Trump responded. "You shouldn't be working for CNN", he said. When a White House aide attempted to take the microphone from him, Acosta yanked it back. "And if you did it well, your ratings would be much better".

If you thought Donald Trump acted like a dictator before the midterms, just wait.

The exchange between Trump and CNN's professional provocateur quickly escalated, which ended up with Trump embarrassing Acosta. Acosta is the guy who comes to the mic during a Q&A to make a rambling statement instead of ask a question.

"I've never seen anything like it", he said. Jeb Bush, the former governor of Florida, and Trump's 2016 presidential race rival, tweeted, "The media is not the enemy of the people".

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