9:21 am PST 11/7/2018
"CNN should be ashamed of you working for them," Trump said Wednesday at a post-election press conference.
President Donald Trump said Wednesday afternoon at a rare press conference to discuss the results of the midterm elections, the victory of his Republican party despite "very hostile media coverage, to put it mildly."
A frequent press critic, Trump, said, "Media coverage has set a new record and set a new standard."
During the question and answer section of the press conference, he suggested reporters.
"CNN should be ashamed of you working for them," Trump told Jim Acosta, White House correspondent, after the reporter tried to ask a second question.
Trump continued his attack: "You are a rude, horrible person You should not work for CNN You are a very rude person The way you treat Sarah Huckabee Sanders is terrible You should not people like that to treat. "
When Acosta asked another question after asking about Trump's demonization of immigrants, the president said, "That's fine, that's fine, excuse me, that's enough, turn off the microphone."
At one point, Trump told Acosta, "Honestly, let me run the country, you run CNN."
When Acosta got up for the first time to ask his question, Trump got ready for the fight and said, "Now let's go, let's go, come on."
He also struck another common enemy of the White House, the reporter April Ryan, who prevented her from asking a question.
Trump accused Yamiche Alcindor, an African-American White House correspondent PBS Newshourto ask a "racist" question.
The president said that Republican candidates won the trophy despite democratic support from celebrities such as Oprah Winfrey, who supported Georgia's governor Stacy Abrams. Trump said he likes Winfrey, but added, "I do not know if she likes me anymore."
In his comments, Trump called for Republican candidates who had dropped his mark and lost their elections on Tuesday.
The press conference on Wednesday was another data point in the White House's longstanding battle with CNN and with Acosta, who often fights Sanders in the briefing room.