Spin reached out to the White House press secretary to for further clarification on what Trump meant by having "the highest poll numbers ever among African Americans" and will update if we hear back. "Put down the mic", said the President as Acosta continued to demand answers.
DONALD TRUMP: Here we go. Acosta refused. Trump backed away from his podium and briefly paced the stage. He added that the president did not want to be faced with his "lie" about the caravan being an invasion.
'I don't know why you'd say that, ' Trump replied, shaking his head.
"Thank you, Mr. President".
After CNN's Jim Acosta pressed him on why he characterized a caravan of a few thousand Central American asylum seekers hundreds of miles from the USA border as "an invasion", the president erupted. You may have noticed that sentence didn't end in a question. Alcindor, who is black, asked whether Trump thought his declaration during the campaign that he's a "nationalist" had emboldened white supremacists who call themselves "white nationalists".
"Why did you characterize it as such?"
"Because I consider it an invasion".
'I would never do that, and I don't use racist remarks, ' the president said generally during a wide-ranging press conference a day after historic midterm congressional elections.
Acosta then falsely implied that Trump tried to demonize immigrants during the election, when, in reality, Trump's campaign message when focused on illegal immigration.
Fox News' Chris Wallace called Acosta's behavior "shameful". While President Trump has made it clear he does not respect a free press, he has a sworn obligation to protect it. They're hundreds and hundreds of miles away.
Trump told Acosta that he should "let me run the country" and Acosta "should run CNN".
At this point, Acosta has had a minute and a half for his "question".
Trump showed why he rarely does these press conferences when his feet were held to the fire by reporters asking about racist rhetoric, Republicans losing the House, and the Russian Federation investigation (he called it a "hoax" despite our entire intelligence apparatus saying otherwise). "Excuse me, that's enough", as Acosta tried to follow up. And again, Acosta kept arguing with the president as if this were a debate between two candidates at a town hall event. Trump seemed "depressed" at the presser and the whole thing seemed like a "pity party", according to Acosta. He went on to call Acosta a "rude, awful person", who CNN should be "ashamed of". The way you treat [White House press secretary] Sarah Huckabee [Sanders] is disgusting.
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