Trump clashes with reporters during fiery White House news conference

Trump clashes with reporters during fiery White House news conference

Trump clashes with reporters during fiery White House news conference

CNN released a statement following President Donald Trump's press conference on Wednesday, saying his attacks on the network's White House correspondent Jim Acosta and the media are "dangerous" and "disturbingly un-American".

During the same press conference, PBS Newshour's Yamiche Alcindor asked what Trump thought of the belief that he and the Republican party are bolstering white nationalism, which he called a "racist question".

"I'm not concerned about anything with the Russian Federation investigation because it's a hoax", Mr Trump told CNN correspondent Jim Acosta, and telling him to put down the microphone. Shouting over Trump's attempts to move on to another reporter, Acosta managed to ask a question about the Russian Federation investigation.

When Acosta brought up the Trump administration's ad, Trump said the information in the commercial, which some deemed racist, is fact.

JIM ACOSTA: Thank you, Mr. President.

Meghan McCain was also distraught at the discourse on display, posting, "I got 4 hours of sleep last night and can't emotionally deal with Trump's presser right now". "You have nationalists, you have globalists, I also love the world and I don't mind helping the world but we have to straighten out our country first".

As the hour-long Q and A trundled on, at one point Trump yelled at reporters to "sit down" and regularly barked down reporters with phrases like: "Excuse me, you were not called on". Trump lashed out at Acosta, saying CNN "should be ashamed" of him and he's been frightful to White House press secretary Sarah Sanders.

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Trump said at a post-election news conference that Democrats and Republicans should set aside partisanship to work together for the American people. You're a very rude person.

"I don't know why you would say that", President Trump responded. You're a very rude person. You run CNN and if you did it well, your ratings would be much higher.

"When you report fake news, which CNN does a lot, you are the enemy of the people", Trump said.

A White House staff member steps in to try to take the microphone away from Acosta.

"Here we go", Trump said, continually interrupting Acosta as he spoke, finally losing all chill and snapping.

But they lost their majority in the House, a setback for Trump after a campaign that became a referendum on his leadership.

"That's such a racist question", he said. "They are not only risky, they are disturbingly un-American", the network said, voicing its support for Acosta and "journalists everywhere".

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