Donald Trump Insults CNN Reporter in Heated Press Conference

President Trump speaks during a news conference in the East Room of the White House on Wednesday. More

President Donald Trump sparred with reporters at his post-election news conference Wednesday, ordering several to sit down and calling CNN's Jim Acosta a "rude, terrible" person.

Acosta, who critics say acts more like an activist than a reporter, was called on by the president at a post-midterms press conference at the White House on November 7. It purportedly shows the moment a White House intern attempted to take a microphone from Acosta during a heated exchange with the president.

At that point, a White House intern tried to physically take the microphone from Acosta, who wrestled them for it. 'Excuse me ma'am, ' he said to her.

NBC, in particular, took some heat for their coverage of the altercation, with many conservatives wondering if Acosta should have put his hands on the staffer as she tried to take the microphone back.

Mr Acosta called Mrs Sanders's characterisation of the incident "a lie", and CNN released a statement defending its reporter.

In a news conference on Wednesday, Acosta was trying to challenge Trump over the president's scare-mongering about the so-called "caravan" of migrants making their way through Mexico.

Acosta sees asking tough questions as part of his job and he was doing it long before Mr Trump arrived on the scene.

"CNN should be ashamed of themselves, having you work for them", he said. The way you treat Sarah Sanders is frightful.

"You and I have a difference of opinion", Trump said.

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What happened at the earlier press conference?

"As I told the officer, I don't blame him. You and I have a difference of opinion", he said. "Do you think they were actors?" "You are are a rude, awful person".

"The US Secret Service just asked for my credential to enter the WH", Acosta wrote.

Journalists may use a range of approaches to carry out their jobs and the WHCA does not police the tone or frequency of the questions its members ask of powerful senior government officials, including the President.

CNN said in a statement after the exchange that "this president's ongoing attacks on the press have gone too far".

But in the original video, Acosta's arm appears to move only as a response to a tussle for the microphone.

They are not only unsafe, the are disturbingly un-American.

"In Jim's defense, I've traveled with him and watched him, he's a diligent reporter who busts his butt like the rest of us", Alexander said.

"The most unsafe type of fake news and reporting and evidence is when you get into the fine details, the nuanced things that are shaped to present a certain viewpoint or decision or news a certain way", he said. Later, via Twitter, she said that she has interviewed white nationalists who say they are more excited by Trump than they have been about other presidents.

Waving his finger, Mr Trump berated him.

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