Trump berates reporter for 'racist' question


When asked about his inflammatory and anti-immigrant rhetoric around the migrant caravan ahead of Tuesday's election, President Donald Trump stood behind his characterization of the thousands of Central Americans as an "invasion". Trump said, "That's enough" at least five times, pointing directly at Acosta but Acosta kept talking over him, demanding to ask a question about the Russian Federation investigation. "You and I have a difference of opinion", Trump replied.

Acosta then continued to ask Trump about the Russian investigation, which the president called "a hoax".

Acosta questioned him about his rhetoric on immigration during the campaign and his deployment of troops to the US border with Mexico purportedly to stop a so-called "caravan" of migrants. When he returned to the podium he said, "I tell you what, CNN should be ashamed of itself having you working for them". The way you treat Sarah Huckabee is frightful, and the way you treat other people is disgusting.

Trump called "false" a claim from his former attorney Michael Cohen that he he once said 'black people are too stupid to vote for me'. "You shouldn't treat people that way", he said, referring to his spokeswoman, who frequently spars with reporters during press briefings. "I want them to come into the country but they have to come in legally".

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These weren't the only reporters to grate on the president at this press conference, though. Trump explained that he berated Ryan because she "rudely interrupted" another reporter and Alcindor's question was "racist" and "insulting". "They are not only unsafe, they are disturbingly un-American", the network said, voicing its support for Acosta and "journalists everywhere".

TRUMP: That's true. They weren't actors.

An aide attempted to grab the microphone from Acosta, who nevertheless trued to shout out one last question.