President of the United States of America, Donald Trump has berated a CNN reporter, Jim Acosta calling him rude and a terrible person after the US midterm election in White house.
President Trump lashed out at journalists during a surly and contentious news conference at the White House on Wednesday, renewing his attacks on the news media as “the enemy of the people” just moments after pledging an end to partisan politics in the wake of a grueling midterm election.
In tense exchanges on live television, Mr. Trump denounced a network correspondent as “very rude,” sternly told several reporters to “sit down,” and at one point stepped away from his lectern, suggesting that he was prepared to cut off the session — a rare formal East Room news conference — because of queries he disliked.
Jim Acosta of CNN, challenged Mr. Trump’s characterization of a caravan of migrants in Mexico as an imminent “invasion.” Trump responded, “Honestly, I think you should let me run the country — you run CNN,” his voice rising. “And if you did it well, your ratings would be much better.”
When Mr. Acosta attempted a follow-up, about the special counsel’s investigation into Russia and the Trump campaign, the president’s patience — what little was left — evaporated.
“That’s enough, that’s enough,” Mr. Trump said. “Put down the mic.”
As cameras rolled, a White House aide leaned toward Mr. Acosta and attempted to remove the microphone from his hands. Mr. Acosta held on (“Pardon me, ma’am”) and declined to sit, as Mr. Trump continued to berate him.
CNN should be ashamed of itself, having you working for them,” the president said. “You are a rude, terrible person. You shouldn’t be working for CNN.” He added, in a reference to the White House press secretary: “The way you treat Sarah Huckabee is horrible. You shouldn’t treat people that way.”
Jabbing a finger in the reporter’s direction, he said, “When you report fake news, which CNN does a lot, you are the enemy of the people.