Published: Thu, November 08, 2018
Global Media | By Derrick Guzman

Trump says CNNs Acosta a rude, bad person over question about immigrants

Trump says CNNs Acosta a rude, bad person over question about immigrants

- After a testy exchange with President Donald Trump during a post-midterm election news conference on Wednesday, CNN chief White House correspondent Jim Acosta has had White House press credential suspended.

A visibly angry President Donald Trump branded CNN's White House correspondent Jim Acosta a "rude, awful person" and an "enemy of the people" in a testy exchange on national television Wednesday the day after America's midterm elections.

At the press conference, President Trump called Mr Acosta a "rude, awful person" after the reporter challenged his recent assertions about a migrant caravan heading to the USA from Central America.

The row broke out after after Mr Acosta asked Trump whether he had "demonised" migrants during the midterms election campaign.

"I came in here as a nice person wanting to answer questions and I had people jumping out of their seats screaming questions at me", said Trump, who talked for almost 90 minutes despite the run-ins with reporters. "But they have to come in legally".

Acosta asked the president about his use of the word "invasion", which he said was "mischaracterizing" a group of migrants that remain hundreds of miles away. "Honestly, I know you have it written down and you're going to tell me 'What do you think?' That is a racist question", he continued. "You run CNN, and if you did it well, your ratings would be higher", Trump said. "Put down the mic".

An aide attempted to grab the microphone from Acosta, who nevertheless tried to shout out one last question. "Even if President Trump doesn't intend it, some see him as directly appealing to the racists", she wrote.

"To say what you said to me it is a very bad thing that you said", Trump continued.

"You called yourself a nationalist, some people saw that as emboldening White Nationalists, some people say that now the Republican party is seen as supporting White Nationalists because of your rhetoric, what do you make of that?", Alcindor asked.

Members of the media quickly defended Alcindor and her question.

"I'm not a fan of yours either. It's a very awful thing that you said".

The same day that President Trump labeled CNN reporter Jim Acosta "a rude, bad person", singer John Legend issued a sharp condemnation about the president himself.

CNN, through its public relations department Twitter feed, said that Trump's attacks on the press have gone too far. "They are not only risky, they are disturbingly un-American", the network said, voicing its support for Acosta and "journalists everywhere".

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