Trump Tells April Ryan To 'Sit Down': 'I'm Not Responding' To You
Nov 08 2018
CNN's Chief White House Correspondent found himself clashing with President Donald Trump yet again on November 7.As Jim Acosta, 47, attempted to ask the president to clarify his comments about the migrant caravan heading to the United States southern border, Trump exploded, calling him a "rude, awful person".
Some reporters pushed him on whether his campaign rhetoric on migrants from central America was divisive - and on developments in a federal investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election and any coordination between Moscow and the Trump campaign.
"I don't know that there will be much of an appetite for Democrat lawmakers to spend all of their time, or most of their time or even a fraction of their time investigating, instigating, trying to impeach and subpoena people", said Trump adviser Kellyanne Conway. "You are a rude, bad person who should not be working for CNN", he added: "When you report fake news, which CNN does a lot, you are the enemy of the people". "And you shouldn't be working for CNN". Among the issues that reporters brought up, Acosta asked for a comment on the refugee caravan heading for the U.S. -Mexico border.
"Thank you for telling me that", Trump said. Trump told Acosta to let him do his job.
After some more back and forth, Acosta noted that the caravan is still hundreds of miles away from the US.
Alexander defended Acosta calling him a "diligent reporter who busts his butt".
"Well, I'm not a big fan of yours either", Trump retorts. Acosta refused to sit down, then switched gears, asking the president if he is "concerned" about Special Counsel Robert Mueller's ongoing and still fruitless "Russiagate" investigation. Trump replied that no one seen in the ad was an actor, i.e. these are things that really happened. "That's enough. That's enough", Trump says, ordering him to "put down the mic", as a White House staffer tries to grab the microphone from the CNN correspondent.
He then lampooned Acosta for the way in which he has questions White House press secretarySarah Huckabee Sanders in press briefings. "I give her a great deal of credit for what she's done and what she's accomplished", Mr Trump said. But Trump doubled down on his message: "When you report fake news, which CNN does a lot, you are the enemy of the people".
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'.