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President Donald Trump answers a question from Jim Acosta of CNN after giving remarks a day after the midterm elections on November 7, 2018 in the East Room of the White House in Washington, D.C. (Photo by Mark Wilson/Getty Images)

Trump Calls CNN's Jim Acosta 'Rude, Terrible Person' as Mayhem Breaks Out at Post-Midterm Presser

"Put down the mic. CNN should be ashamed of itself having you working for them," the president said

Jake Johnson

Mayhem broke out at President Donald Trump's first press conference following the midterm elections on Wednesday when Trump berated CNN reporter Jim Acosta as a "rude, terrible person" for asking a question about the Russia probe.

"You should let me run the country. You run CNN," Trump said as a White House aide attempted to physically take the microphone out of Acosta's hands. "That's enough. Put down the mic. CNN should be ashamed of itself having you working for them. You are a rude terrible person."

"You are the enemy of the people," the president added.

Watch:

After Acosta sat down, NBC reporter Peter Alexander defended Acosta, prompting Trump to declare, "I'm not a big fan of yours either."

Trump went on to shout down April Ryan of American Urban Radio Networks:

When PBS reporter Yamiche Alcindor asked Trump if he believes his embrace of the "nationalist" label has emboldened white nationalists, the president dismissed the question as "racist" and "insulting":


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WHO, South Africa Urge Nations to Lift 'Naive' Omicron Travel Bans

"The only thing the prohibition on travel will do is to further damage the economies of the affected countries and undermine their ability to respond to, and recover from, the pandemic."

Brett Wilkins ·


EU Joins Rights Group in Condemning Israel's 'Day of Destruction' of Palestinian Homes

"Demolitions are illegal under international law and significantly undermine the prospects for peace."

Brett Wilkins ·


GOP 'Silence Speaks Volumes,' Says Ilhan Omar as Boebert's Bigotry Goes Unpunished

"Normalizing this bigotry not only endangers my life but the lives of all Muslims. Anti-Muslim bigotry has no place in Congress."

Brett Wilkins ·


Africans Should Be 'Applauded, Not Punished,' Say Advocates Amid Omicron Travel Ban

"What is going on right now is inevitable," said African Union Vaccine Delivery Alliance co-chair Dr. Ayoade Alakija. "It's a result of the world's failure to vaccinate in an equitable, urgent, and speedy manner."

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Biden Drilling Report Blasted as 'Shocking Capitulation to the Needs of Corporate Polluters'

"Greenlighting more fossil fuel extraction, then pretending it's OK by nudging up royalty rates, is like rearranging deck chairs on the Titanic," said one campaigner.

Jessica Corbett ·

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