President Donald Trump's ongoing feud with Jim Acosta, CNN's chief White House correspondent, boiled over on Wednesday, with Trump verbally berating the journalist before the White House ultimately suspended his press access.
A Trump press conference being analysed as heavily as the Zapruder footage seems to be a natural conclusion of the escalating attempts to "win" partisan online battles in the fight that the USA president has picked with the press.
CNN reporter Jim Acosta was dressed down by Trump after challenging him on his characterisation of the migrant caravan heading to the U.S. as an "invasion".
As WND reported earlier Wednesday, the conflict between the establishment media and the president reached new heights with Acosta trying to "challenge" and bully the president, to which Trump responded by calling the reporter "rude". "I never thought that in this country I wouldn't be able to cover the president of the United States just for asking a question", he said. He said, "I can do something fantastic, and they make it look not good".
"They are not only unsafe, they are disturbingly un-American", the network said. She provided fraudulent accusations and cited an incident that never happened.More news: More UV protection: UN says Earth’s ozone layer is healing
But as Acosta pressed on and Alexander stood there, Trump turned back to the CNN reporter.
"You should let me run the country", Trump said.
"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.
'The way you treat Sarah Huckabee is awful, ' he said.
"God plays a very big role in my life", Trump said.
The White House later accused Acosta of "placing his hands on a young woman".More news: Trump faces restraints after Democrats win US House
The president expressed hope that he and his fellow Republicans in Congress could work on legislation across party lines. She said that "on the campaign trail, you called yourself a nationalist".
In video from the event, the journalist is seen attempting to ask a follow-up question but is repeatedly shut down by the USA leader, who says "that's enough" five times. He was promoted to national political correspondent in 2012, then made the senior White House correspondent in 2013.
Alcindor moved on to a different topic.
She added, "President Trump has given the press more access than any President in history". As I told the officer, I don't blame him.
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