Trump Tells Reporter That She Asked Him a ‘Racist Question’

Erika Holt
November 8, 2018

During an ultra-rare press conference following Tuesday's midterm election, Trump escalated his ongoing war of words with CNN's Jim Acosta.

"To say that is so insulting to me", Mr. Trump told a NPR NewsHour reporter Yamiche Alcindo during a a press conference at the White House. "And you shouldn't be working for CNN". "Excuse me, that's enough", as Acosta tried to follow up.

"Pardon me, ma'am", Acosta said.

The exchange between Trump and CNN's professional provocateur quickly escalated, which ended up with Trump embarrassing Acosta.

The president told him his time was done, telling him to sit down and to stop being a "rude, awful person".

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Acosta then pointed out the caravan is hundreds of miles away. I don't use racist remarks and if I did you would have known about it. You rudely interrupted him. "If you did it well, your ratings would be much better", Trump said. It's a small, but crucial step forward, and if anyone is wondering how President Donald Trump is taking the news ... You shouldn't be working for CNN.

The back and forth between Trump and Acosta quickly grew heated after the reporter asked why the president had "demonized" immigrants in a widely criticized ad rejected by networks.

During the question-and-answer session after the speech, Trump addressed policy issues such as healthcare, infrastructure and migration.

When NBC reporter Peter Alexander took the mic for the next question, he defended Acosta as a "diligent reporter" - earning Trump's ire. "They weren't actors." He added that "they didn't come from Hollywood". "You shouldn't treat people that way". I also love the world, and I don't mind helping the world, but we have to straighten out our country first.

"I don't believe it", President Trump said. "You should not treat people that way". He turned the question against the reporter, saying it was a racist question, that he loves America and that he has delivered many jobs for African Americans, Asian Americans, and Hispanic Americans.

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