President Donald Trump called CNN correspondent Jim Acosta "a rude and bad person" on Wednesday when the reporter continued to press and interrupt the president about his characterization of the migrant caravan is an invasion.
The question came from PBS Newshour correspondent Yamiche Alcindor during Trump's news conference Wednesday, where he claimed victory in the midterm 2018 elections, which saw the Republican party lose the House of Representatives.
When Acosta brought up the Trump administration's ad, Trump said the information in the commercial, which some deemed racist, is fact. Trump has also reportedly removed Deputy AG Rod Rosenstein from the investigation and appointed Matthew Whitaker as acting AG. Go ahead. You are a very rude person, the way that you treat Sarah Huckabee Sanders is awful.
Trump has been challenged on his power to restrict immigration throughout his presidency - and the caravan is no different. But Trump doubled down on his message: "When you report fake news, which CNN does a lot, you are the enemy of the people". On Oprah: 'I don't know if she likes me anymore, but that's okay.'7. "Such a racist question". Acosta attempted to ask another question, which further enraged the president.
The Trump White House has struggled to differentiate economic nationalism from more sinister uses of the term since the early days of 2017 when former Trump adviser Steve Bannon adopted it to describe the president's trade and economic agenda.
"Here we go", Trump said, continually interrupting Acosta as he spoke, finally losing all chill and snapping.
'I love our country. I do.
"I'm not a big fan of yours either!"
"You are the enemy of the people", the president added.
When he returned to the podium he said, "I tell you what, CNN should be ashamed of itself having you working for them".
"The Trump thing works", says GOP pollster Frank Luntz. Trump also told April Ryan, a CNN commentator and frequent Trump critic, to sit down down repeatedly after she stood up and interrupted another reporter, attempting to ask a question out of turn.
Trump mocked Republicans who avoided campaigning with him before congressional elections and who were not elected during their races, referencing a list of candidates by name. Trump's approval rating among African Americans is about on par with the numbers Ronald Reagan garnered during his first term where he polled at about 18 percent amid a recession and cuts to social programs.