'You are a rude, terrible person' Trump attacks CNN reporter

'You are a rude, terrible person' Trump attacks CNN reporter

The White House later accused Acosta of "placing his hands on a young woman".

Wednesday's event, which began with the president framing Tuesday's election results as a victory for himself and the Republican party, was Trump's first planned, open-ended press conference at the White House since February 2017, and only the second since he took office.

Kellyanne Conway, counselor to President Trump, discusses Jeff Sessions resignation as attorney general and CNN reporter Jim Acosta's refusal to give up the microphone during a White House press conference.

At the press conference, President Trump called Mr Acosta a "rude, bad person" after the reporter challenged his recent assertions about a migrant caravan heading to the USA from Central America.

President Trump speaks during a news conference in the East Room of the White House on Wednesday. A White House staffer attempted to grab the mic from the reporter, but he easily fended her off. "Jim Acosta has our full support", the network said.

She continued: "This conduct is absolutely unacceptable".

These weren't the only reporters to grate on the president at this press conference, though.

Acosta tweeted that this was "a lie". "This unprecedented decision is a threat to our democracy and the country deserves better", CNN added.

"This is great news for Jim Acosta", Stirewalt said.

The White House Correspondents' Association and the Radio Television Digital News Association are among the several groups that have criticised the Trump administration's decision.

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Mr Trump pushed back aggressively, directing his criticism at the media, and particularly at CNN.

The exchange set off a furor among political reporters and websites, with some saying he stood up to the president while others decried his apparent lack of manners.

Trump asked him to sit down multiple times but Acosta kept speaking.

"In Jim's defense, I've traveled with him and watched him, he's a diligent reporter who busts his butt like the rest of us", Alexander said. He threw out a hasty question about the Russian Federation investigation, but President Trump spoke over him. It was obviously a question he didn't like.

What did the White House say?

He was heading back to the White House for a live shot on "Anderson Cooper 360".

Commenting on his revoked pass on CNN, Acosta said he does think the USA government is "trying to shut us down".

But Acosta doesn't think the revocation has anything to do with the incident.

"I never though in this country I wouldn't be able to cover [the U.S.] just because I was trying to ask a question", he said.

Trump interrupted Acosta. "I'm not concerned about anything with the Russian investigation because it's a hoax".

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