At the conclusion of the midterm elections Trump held a rare press conference. Which CNN’s Jim Acosta mistakenly thought would be a good time to badger the president.
A seemingly civil conference took a turn when Acosta asked his first question in regards to Trump’s migrant caravan comments, and immediately followed with questions about a controversial ad from the White House.
“Acosta: I wanted to challenge you about one of the statements you made at the tail end of the campaign in the midterms.
Trump: Here we go. Come on.
Acosta: You said that the caravan was an “invasion.”
Trump: I consider it to be an invasion.
Acosta: Mr. President, the caravan was not an invasion. It’s a group of migrants moving up from Central America towards the border with the U.S.
Trump: Thank you for telling me that, today. I appreciate that.
Acosta: Why did you characterize it as such?
Trump: I consider it an invasion. You and I have a difference of opinion.
Acosta: Do you think you demonized immigrants?
Trump: No, no. I want them to come in legally. You know, they have to come in, Jim, through a process. I want it to be a process. And we need the people. You know why we need the people? Because we have hundreds of people coming in. We need the people.”
“Why don’t you let me run the country,” said Trump, adding, “You run CNN. If you did it well, your ratings would be much better.”
At this point Trump tried to let the issue rest and take a new question, but Acosta was belligerent refusing to relinquish the mic.
As this became evident Trump turned back to Acosta saying, “I tell you what, CNN should be ashamed of itself having you working for them. You are a rude, terrible person. You shouldn’t be working for CNN. You are a rude person. The way you treat Sarah Huckabee is horrible and the way you treat other people are horrible. You shouldn’t treat people that way. ”
Though staff did manage to reclaim the mic from Acosta, the reporter continued to heckle the president. Chastising him for calling the media the “enemy of the people.”
Trump responded without missing a beat, “When you report fake news, which CNN does a lot, you are the enemy of the people.”