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, awful person" and decrying CNN as "the enemy of the people".
US President Donald Trump points to CNN journalist Jim Acosta during a post-election press conference in the White House in Washington, US, November 7, 2018.
Acosta began by asking Trump about the migrant caravan that is now making its way to the United States-Mexico border from Central America.
ACOSTA: Mr. President, I had one other question if I may ask on the Russian Federation investigation.
Trump spoke loudly over Acosta and demanded he hand over the microphone. Trump has also reportedly removed Deputy AG Rod Rosenstein from the investigation and appointed Matthew Whitaker as acting AG.More news: Arsenal team news ahead of clash with Liverpool
"The way you treat Sarah Huckabee is frightful", Trump said.
"We saw candidates I supported achieve tremendous success last night", Trump said. It is also completely disrespectful to the reporter's colleagues not to allow them an opportunity to ask a question. The president asked Acosta, "did you think they were actors?" the president asked. Republicans kept their Senate majority.
"This president's ongoing attacks on the press have gone too far".
Trump explained he wants immigrants to come to America, because its expanding economy needs the workers, but they need to come legally. "You are a rude, bad person, you shouldn't be working for CNN".More news: Smog Envelops Delhi 2 Days Before Diwali, Air Quality May Worsen
"I would never do that and I don't use racist remarks", Trump told reporters in the East Room, adding that if he did, "You would've known about it". Acosta joined CNN in 2007 after a successful career at CBS News. However, this wound Trump up even more and he ended up saying he wasn't a huge fan of Alexander either.
'I mean, I know you have it written down and you're going to tell me - let me tell you, it's a racist question'.
Then, to push this into full constitutional crisis mode, Trump asked Jeff Sessions to resign (aka fired him) as Attorney General.
Some reporters pushed him on whether his campaign rhetoric on migrants from central America was divisive, as well as the Russian Federation investigation - but Mr Trump aggressively pushed back.More news: Lacazette: Arsenal believe we can can compete against Premier League elite