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Trump vs Acosta: ‘Let me run the country, you run CNN…’

Trump vs Acosta: ‘Let me run the country, you run CNN…’

US President Donald Trump on Wednesday clashed with CNN´s White House correspondent Jim Acosta, branding him a "rude, awful person" in a testy exchange.

CNN's Jim Acosta stood defiantly on the front row, badgering the president over and over about the caravan and the Russian Federation election, refusing to release the microphone, standing right in front of the president in a shocking confrontation. "The president is best when he is on the road talking directly to the American people, and I think last night's results demonstrate that", says Trump's former campaign manager Corey Lewandowski. You are a very rude person ...

"I think you should let me run the country, you run CNN".

CNN's Jim Acosta asked whether Trump "demonised immigrants" during the midterm campaign by releasing a video depicting Latin Americans scaling walls while warning of an "invasion".

Asked specifically about the future of Attorney General Jeff Sessions and deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, Trump says, "I'd rather answer that at a little bit different time".

On Twitter, the singer called Trump a "fucking embarrassment".

After some more back and forth, Acosta noted that the caravan is still hundreds of miles away from the US.

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"I'm not a fan of yours either".

CNN's communications team responded to the exchange by condemning Trump and saying they "stand behind" Acosta and his fellow journalists around the country.

Here is CNN's response, calling his attacks on the media "disturbingly un-American".

TRUMP: That's true. They weren't actors.

He also said that "I retired" Jeff Flake, the Senate Republican from Arizona who has criticized him.

The reporter tried to ask him another question before a female White House aide walked over to him. "The way you treat Sarah Huckabee Sanders is disgusting and the way you treat other people ... you shouldn't treat people that way". "I give her a great deal of credit for what she's done and what she's accomplished", Mr Trump said. "You shouldn't be working for CNN.the way you treat other people is disgusting".

In addition to his conversation with Ms Pelosi, Mr Trump called Republican Senate majority leader Mitch McConnell, Republican House speaker Paul Ryan and Senate minority leader Chuck Schumer, as well as other candidates he backed during the race, the White House said. While President Trump has made it clear he does not respect a free press, he has a sworn obligation to protect it.


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