A White House official wrestled a microphone away from a CNN reporter at a press conference with President Trump in the East Room of the White House Wednesday.
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CNN reporter Jim Acosta questioned the President about his rhetoric surrounding a migrant caravan that is traveling on foot to the United States. While trying to ask a follow-up question, Trump repeatedly told Acosta he was moving on.
At that point, a White House staffer attempted to take the microphone out of Acosta’s hands.
“CNN should be ashamed of itself having you working for them,” Trump said. “You’re a very rude person. The way you treat Sarah Huckabee Sanders is horrible. You shouldn’t treat people that way.”
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“I think you should let me run the country, you run CNN,” Trump added.
NBC News reporter Peter Alexander later defended Acosta’s character to President Trump before asking his question.
Later in the presser, Trump called the media “hostile,” telling reporters they were “rude” for interrupting.
Trump and Acosta have sparred in the past. At Trump’s last press conference in September, Acosta asked the President why he had yet to call on a female reporter. Trump offered his next question to a female reporter.
Last month at a White House press briefing, Acosta asked Sanders if the White House would have the “guts” to release of media outlets that they consider “enemies of the people.”