US President Donald Trump argues with CNN reporter Jim Acosta
US President Donald Trump argues with CNN reporter Jim Acosta

Trump calls CNN reporter `rude` as presser turns ugly

ANI | Updated: Nov 08, 2018 02:53 IST

Washington DC [USA], Nov 8 (ANI): United States President Donald Trump on Wednesday engaged in a heated confrontational exchange with reporters in the White House during a press conference to discuss the results of the midterm elections.
Trump refused to answer a follow-up question from CNN reporter, Jim Acosta, who repeatedly tried to ask the US President about Russian investigation. He then demanded a White House aide to remove the reporter's microphone, as the journalist persisted in his attempt to ask the question to Trump.
"On the Russia investigation, are you concerned that you may...?" Acosta asked before Trump interrupted him and said, "I am not concerned about anything with the Russia investigation because it is a hoax."
The US President also backed down from the lectern for a few seconds. After returning, Trump told the reporter, "CNN should be ashamed of itself having you working for them. You should not be working for CNN. You are a rude and terrible person."
Trump further said, "The way you treat Sarah Hucakbee (Sanders) is horrible. The way you treat other people is horrible. You should not treat people that way."
Later on, NBC News correspondent Peter Alexander tried to defend Acosta, saying that he was a "dilligent reporter."
"In Jim's defence, I travelled with him to Washington. He is a dilligent reporter," Peter commented before Trump interrupted again and said, "I am not a big fan of yours either, you are not the best."
Acosta tried another attempt to ask a question, but Trump, once again, snapped back at him and asked him to sit down.
"When you report fake news, which CNN does a lot, you are the enemy of the people," Trump said. (ANI)