As US President Donald Trump answered questions from the press following his speech about Wednesday's midterm results, his turbulent relationship with some media outlets was evident.
CNN reporter Jim Acosta was dressed down by Trump after challenging him on his characterisation of the migrant caravan heading to the United States as an "invasion". "You shouldn't be working for CNN". You run CNN. And if you did it well, your ratings would be much better.'12.
Responding angrily to questions over the Mueller investigation and an allegedly racist midterms campaign video he shared on Twitter, the president told Acosta: "That's enough - put down the mic".
President Donald Trump engaged in one of his most direct confrontations with a reporter, arguing with CNN's Jim Acosta at a news conference on Tuesday and calling him rude. Following a lengthy and tense verbal back-and-forth, in which Trump at one point started to stray from his lectern and he called Acosta "a rude, bad person", a female White House intern tried to take the microphone from Acosta. "And you shouldn't be working for CNN".
Looking back at Acosta, who again rose up in his own defense, Trump added: "When you report fake news, which CNN does a lot, you are the enemy of the people".
"It was quite a chaotic and extraordinary news conference and when you cut away all the other stuff, there was a clear message coming from the president. You shouldn't treat people that way".More news: Prince Charles And Duchess Of Cornwall Arrive In Abuja
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"I'm fighting back not for me, I'm fighting back for the people of this country", he said.
"They can play that game, but we can play better because we have a thing called the United States Senate, and a lot of questionable things were done between leaks of classified information and many other elements that should not have taken place", Trump said during the almost 90-minute session with reporters in the White House East Room. "Revoking access to the White House complex is a reaction out of line to the purported offence and is unacceptable".
After the exchange, CNN, through its public relations department's Twitter feed, said Mr Trump's attacks on the press have gone too far.
"To say that, what you said, is so insulting to me", he said.
The action is being taken after Acosta's interaction with a White House press aide who tried to remove the microphone from his hands as he tried to ask Trump a second question during the post-election news event. "I'm simply asking the questions the public wants to know", she replied. "All I can say at that point is that I was trying to do my job".
The president began the wide-ranging press conference with a focus on the election results, but it soon devolved into brazen and shocking media attacks that appeared created to frustrate and enrage the president.