President Trump held a press conference in the aftermath of the 2018 midterms.
The shocking exchange came as Acosta was asking the president about the migrant caravan.
"Will you please sit down?" he shouted at the CNN reporter.
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He also asked about the Russian investigation. "You shouldn't be working for CNN", Mr. Trump told Mr. Acosta. "You are a rude, bad person, you shouldn't be working for CNN". You shouldn't be working for CNN.
"I consider it to be an invasion", Trump responded. And the way you treat other people is frightful. The president continued to excoriate Acosta saying how he treats his press secretary, Sarah Huckabee Sanders, in the press briefings is bad. "You shouldn't treat people that way".
Acosta attempted to ask another question about the Mueller probe, but Trump dismissed him by repeatedly saying, "That's enough", and motioning for Acosta's microphone to be handed to another reporter. "And if you did it well your ratings would be much better".
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Acosta physically prevented a female White House staffer from taking away the microphone after President Trump told him to stop talking.
"When you report fake news.you are an enemy of the people", he said.
'That's enough, ' Trump said pointing at Acosta, who kept trying to talk.
"We did this in spite of a dramatic funding disadvantage driven by Democrats' wealthy donors, special interests, and very hostile media coverage to put it mildly".
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'll tell you what", he added. "That's such a racist question".
"There are some people who say the Republican Party is seen as supporting white nationalists because of your rhetoric", Alcindor said.