Trump vs. Acosta Post-Election: "Let Me Run The Country, You Run CNN"; "You Are A Rude, Terrible Person"

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President Trump and CNN's Jim Acosta got in a heated argument Wednesday at the president's press conference following the midterm election over his controversial ad on illegal immigration and a caravan of migrants.

"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," Trump told Acosta.

Acosta attempted to ask another question as a White House aide tried to take away the microphone to give to the next reporter.





"If I may ask on the Russian investigation are you concerned that you may have indictments?" Acosta asked.

"I'm not concerned about anything with the Russia investigation because it's a hoax," Trump answered.

"That's enough, put down the mic," he instructed Acosta.

Acosta would not relent and the microphone was passed on.

"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 president told Acosta.

"You're a very rude person. The way you treat Sarah Huckabee Sanders is horrible. And the way you treat other people are horrible. You shouldn't treat people that way," Trump added.

The CNN reporter continued to speak as the president moved on to NBC's Peter Alexander -- a reporter he said he is not "a fan" of -- leading to a confrontation between the two. At one point, Trump left the podium for a brief moment only to come back and admonish Acosta as an "enemy of the people."

"Just sit down please," Trump told the CNNer. "When you report fake news, which CNN does a lot, you are the enemy of the people."

Later in the press conference, Trump continued to call out reporters for being "hostile" and "rude."

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