Donald Trump berates Jim Acosta in contentious White House news conference

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"That's enough", he repeated and ordered Acosta to put down the mic. "CNN should be ashamed of itself having you work for them. you're a very rude person".

At a press conference, Mr. Acosta repeatedly asked the president about his tough stance against a US -bound migrant caravan was "demonizing" immigrants.

It got hot nearly immediately. Acosta pressed Trump, and POTUS erupted in anger. That further infuriated the President.

The CNN reporter continued to hold the microphone to ask a question about the Russian Federation investigation while Trump tried to move on to another reporter.

A visibly annoyed President Trump responded: "Because I consider it an invasion". And the way you treat other people is frightful.

Trump got defensive when discussing the controversial ad he recently ran against the caravan, explaining the people in it were "not actors". "You shouldn't be working for CNN". The way you treat Sarah Huckabee is disgusting, and the way you treat other people is awful.

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A reporter suggests to Trump that the migrant caravan is not "an invasion" but rather migrants slowly moving through Mexico towards the USA border. You shouldn't be working for CNN.

CNN has been one of Mr. Trump's biggest targets for complaints about fake news. But before asking his question, he started by defending Acosta as a "diligent reporter".

PBS Newshour's Yamiche Alcindor asked Trump about his remarks on the campaign trail in which he called himself a "nationalist", noting that some people saw it as emboldening white nationalists.

"I don't know why you'd say that. That's such a racist question", Trump said to Alcindor, who is black. "You shouldn't treat people that way".

"I don't believe that", Trump continued, adding, "Why do I have my highest poll numbers with African-Americans?".

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