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Donald Trump Berates Rude Reporter During Extraordinary News Conference After US Midterm Elections

Donald Trump has had another stand-up row with a reporter from US broadcaster CNN during an extraordinary news conference in the aftermath of the midterm elections.The US President was defiant despite his Republican Party losing control of the House of Representatives, meaning an end to its one-party control of Washington.During an extended, wide-ranging and - at times - baffling question-and-answer session, Trump had a fraught exchange with CNN Chief White House correspondent, Jim Acosta.At one stage, a Trump aide wrested the microphone from Acosta after the President labelled him a rude, terrible person .Trump gets into a fight with Jim Acosta, pt. 573,495 Parker Molloy (@ParkerMolloy) November 7, 2018Acosta asked if he demonised immigrants in the election campaign.Trump answered: I want them to come into the country but I want them to come in legally, you know they have to come in, Jim, through a process. I want people to come in, and we need the people. You know why we need the people, right? Because we have hundreds of companies moving in and we need the people. After several attempts by Acosta to challenge Trump on a controversial racist pre-election advert, Trump said: Honestly, I think you should let me run the country, you run CNN, and if you did it well, your ratings would be much better. As Acosta tried to sneak in more questions, Trump shut him down, saying That s enough before gesturing to another reporter. That s enough, that s enough, he continued, shooing Acosta away with his finger.Acosta insisted: Sir, if I may ask on the Russia investigation, are you concerned that you may have indictments - .Trump replied: I m not concerned about anything with the Russian investigation because it s a hoax. That s enough, put down the mic, Trump said, before stepping away from the podium momentarily.He returned, adjusted his mic and said: I ll tell you what: CNN should be ashamed of itself, having you work for them. You are a rude, terrible person, you shouldn t be working for CNN. Undeterred, Acosta responded: I think that s unfair. Trump told him: You re a very rude person, the way you treat [press secretary] Sarah Huckabee is terrible, and the way you treat other people are horrible. You shouldn t treat people that way. The next reporter began: In Jim s defence I ve travelled with him and watched him, he s a diligent reporter who loves his job like the rest of us. Well I m not a big fan of yours, either, said Trump.As Acosta continued to speak over NBC s Peter Alexander, Trump said: Just sit down. When you report fake news, which CNN does - a lot - you are the enemy of the people. But it was just one of a series of incredible moments, including ...... being rude to another reporter.Trump just sneers at April Ryan, Sit down. I didn #39;t call you. Maggie Haberman (@maggieNYT) November 7, 2018... airing grievances over Republicans who distanced themselves from him ...!!! Trump is mocking defeated Republicans who distanced themselves from him: Mia Love gave me no love. And she lost. Too bad. Sorry about that, Mia. Daniel Dale (@ddale8) November 7, 2018... repeatedly not understanding reporters from overseas ...This really just happened.
Reporter with foreign accent asked Trump about election of first ever Muslim women to Congress. His response? I can #39;t understand her..
Then another reporter jibes him: I #39;m from Brooklyn, so you can understand me. Paul Waugh (@paulwaugh) November 7, 2018Missed this earlier: Trump told a Japanese reporter to say hello to Shinzo.

Reporter, who has an accent, then asked: How do you focus on trade economic issues with Japan? Do you ask Japan to do more?

Trump: I really don #39;t understand you. Marina Fang (@marinafang) November 7, 2018... when asked if he was a nationalist ...President Trump to @Yamiche: That #39;s a racist question. CSPAN (@cspan) November 7, 2018“That’s such a racist question.” Trump to @Yamiche. The way Trump is treating black reporters is… whew. Lydia Polgreen (@lpolgreen) November 7, 2018... handing down a judgement on the country s attractiveness. Everybody wants to work in this White House, Pres. Trump says. We are a hot country. This is a hot White House. ABC News (@ABC) November 7, 2018And if you weren t sure why he does pressers ...Reporter: I think it #39;s very good to have you because a free press...
Trump: ...I do to...
Reporter: #39;s vital to...
Trump: #39;s called earned media, it #39;s worth billions. Jim Waterson (@jimwaterson) November 7, 2018

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