Trump berates reporter for 'racist' question

Glen Norman
November 8, 2018

President Donald Trump got personal with CNN reporter Jim Acosta on Wednesday, calling him a "terrible person" directly from the podium.

US President seemed to walk out as the reporter clung to the microphone and persisted with questions about the president´s views on a caravan of Central American migrants making its way to the US border. Shouting over Trump's attempts to move on to another reporter, Acosta managed to ask a question about the Russian Federation investigation.

"That's enough. That's enough", Trump said. The way you treat [White House Press Secretary] Sarah Huckabee [Sanders] is disgusting. Not long into the conference, President Trump lost his temper with Acosta.

"When you talk about division, it's people like this who cause division", he said of the reporter.

"Mia Love gave me no love", the president said. On Oprah: 'I don't know if she likes me anymore, but that's okay.'7. "He called her statement or question racist and he was insulted".

Alexander defended Acosta as a "diligent reporter" when he finally had the chance to ask a question.

He touted Tuesday's election results., saying the Republican Party defied history by expanding majority in the Senate during an off-year election and exceeded expectations in the House.

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 love our country. I do".

Mr Trump had aggressively campaigned in the closing days of the race, with his focus on boosting Republicans in states he won in the presidential election in 2016.

"I tell you what", he said, "CNN should be ashamed of themselves having you working for them". Acosta refused to sit down, then switched gears, asking the president if he is "concerned" about Special Counsel Robert Mueller's ongoing and still fruitless "Russiagate" investigation. The way you treat other people is terrible. "You are a rude, awful person, you shouldn't be working for CNN". Trump adds that Democrats have "nothing, zero" on him. 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.

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