"Honestly, I think you should let me run the country".
A visibly angry Trumpcalled reporter Jim Acosta a "rude, bad person", after the CNN White House correspondent refused the president's orders to sit down and yield the microphone during the conference one day after the United States midterm election.
The White House Correspondents' Association is denouncing the decision to bar Acosta, calling it unacceptable and disproportionate to the purported offence.
When Acosta challenged the president on his use of the word "invasion" to describe a caravan of mainly Honduran migrants and asylum seekers heading to the United States border, Trump launched an attack on the CNN journalist, as an aide tried to physically remove the microphone from Acosta's hands. Instead, Acosta continued with a second question about the Russian investigation, which Trump shrugged off with another curt answer. If there is one thing that Trump knows well, it's how to get ratings, a fact that CBS Chairman Les Moonves once testified to when he said that "it may not be good for America" but Trump is "damn good" at getting viewers. After Jimmy Kimmel introduced his gag for the Ruth Bader Gins-bubble, both he and Stephen Colbert called for Sarah Huckabee Sanders to be fired as White House press secretary over her promotion of doctored footage.
Trump said "that's enough!" and a White House intern tried in vain to take the microphone from the CNN journalist.
She also addressed how Trump told her to "sit down" on Wednesday as she attempted to ask questions about voter suppression. "And that is the only reason why I stood", she said.
As he was heading off to Paris, Trump stopped to talk to reporters and was asked how long Acosta's pass would be revoked. She doesn't know what the hell she's doing. "You ask a lot of stupid questions". "She gets publicity, and then she gets a pay raise".
Sanders, who hasn't said where the tweeted video came from, noted that it clearly shows Acosta made contact with the intern. "It is also completely disrespectful to the reporter's colleagues not to allow them an opportunity to ask a question", Sanders also wrote.
Sanders "provided fraudulent accusations and cited an incident that never happened", the United States cable network said. "I watch you a lot. But it could be others, also", Trump said as quoted by The Daily Caller. Trump said of the incident Friday that Acosta "was not nice to that young woman. You have to treat the presidency with respect", he said.