The media and President Trump have had a contentious relationship since the very moment he announced his candidacy for President. At a press conference on Wednesday, President Trump was taking questions from journalists regarding the results of the mid-term elections and when he called on CNN’s White House Correspondent Jim Acosta, the tone of the press conference completely changed.
The war of words began by Acosta challenging Trump’s assertion that the migrant caravan was an “invasion” of our southern border and continued to try and lecture Trump on immigration policy. Acosta explained, “the caravan was not an invasion, it is a group of migrants moving up the border from Central America towards the border with the U.S.” Trump replied “thank you for telling me that, I appreciate it,” as he previously defended himself for not “demonizing” all migrants, but that he welcomes legal immigration through a fair and measured process.
As Trump began to fully answer his question, which Acosta obviously did not like the answer to, he began to interrupt the President interjecting his opinion of “they’re hundreds of miles away, that’s not an invasion.” Trump became noticeably fed-up with Acosta’s line of questioning and responded:
Honestly, I think you should let me run the country, you run CNN and if you did it well, your ratings would be much better.
Acosta then pivoted and began asking about the Russia investigation at which point Trump had enough and ordered him to put down the mic in order to move onto another journalist. A White House aid even tried to take the mic away from Acosta but he refused to turn it over pushing her arm out of the way. Seeing his blatant disrespect, Trump unloaded on Acosta saying:
“I tell you what, CNN should be ashamed of itself having you working for them. You are a rude, terrible person, you shouldn’t be working for CNN. The way you treat [White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders] is horrible and the way you treat other people is horrible.”
GOP Chairwoman Ronna McDaniel was at the press conference and said it best in a Tweet responding to the disrespect and lack of civility when addressing the President of the United States.
I sat in the front row of today’s press conference.
We all value a free press, but it’s unfortunate that some reporters seem more interested in getting their own cable show than doing their jobs.
The media grandstanding has gone overboard. https://t.co/n5S407SdYS
— Ronna McDaniel (@GOPChairwoman) November 7, 2018
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