Trump to CNN: When you report fake news you are the enemy of the people

Mike Montone
November 07, 2018 - 12:46 pm
U.S. President Donald Trump answers a question from Jim Acosta of CNN after giving remarks a day after the midterm elections

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WASHINGTON (1010 WINS) -- President Donald Trump had plenty to say during a press conference the day after Tuesday's midterm election -- and a good chunk of it was reserved for members of the media.

Trump engaged in a heated exchange with CNN's Jim Acosta. It was set off by a question about a Trump campaign ad that feautred migrants climbing over walls.

"They weren't actors," he said.

When Acosta pressed the issue Trump pushed back.

"Honestly, I think you should let me run the country, you run CNN, and honestly if you did it well your ratings would be much better," he said.

The inquiry then turned, briefly, to the Russia investigation which the president called a 'hoax' and demanded that Acosta put down the mic.

"CNN should be ashamed of itself having you working for them. You are a rude terrible person, you shouldn't be working for CNN," Trump said. "You're a very rude person, the way you treat Sarah Huckabee is horrible, and the way you treat other people are horrible."

Acosta was defended by a colleague, who Trump dismissed saying, "I'm not a big fan of yours either."

Acosta got up again to interject after losing the microphone. The president responded by calling CNN the enemy of the people.

"When you report fake news you are the enemy of the people," he said.