"I think you should let me run the country and you run CNN", the President bit back.
Trump showed why he rarely does these press conferences when his feet were held to the fire by reporters asking about racist rhetoric, Republicans losing the House, and the Russian Federation investigation (he called it a "hoax" despite our entire intelligence apparatus saying otherwise).
"I'm not concerned about anything with the Russian Federation investigation because that's a hoax", Trump replied, before telling Acosta to "put down the mic".
Trump wanted to move onto another reporter, but Acosta wouldn't give up the microphone when an aide sought to tug it away from him.
Acosta continued to press the issue, citing the ad "showing migrants climbing over walls". "CNN should be ashamed of itself having you working for them". 'It's a very awful thing that you said'. One of the most baffling moments occurred when PBS reporter Yamiche Alcindor asked Trump to clarify what he meant when he identified as a "nationalist" during a rally in Houston last month.More news: Mel B claims Victoria Beckham WILL join the Spice Girls at Wembley
Trump said Republicans "defied history" by expanding their majority in the Senate to at least 51 seats, while chastising Republicans who failed to embrace his support.
Donald Trump went for the jugular Wednesday. calling a CNN reporter unfit for his job and a "terrible person". and it didn't end there. "I'm fighting back not for me, I'm fighting back for the people of this country", he said. You run CNN and if you did it well, your ratings would be much higher.
Sanders could be seen laughing at the president's verbal sparring with the press. "I'm simply asking the questions the public wants to know", she replied.
"They are not only unsafe, they are disturbingly un-American". "They weren't actors." He added that "they didn't come from Hollywood". "A free press is vital to democracy and we stand behind Jim Acosta and his fellow journalists everywhere".
Fox News' Chris Wallace called Acosta's behavior "shameful".