Donald Trump laid into CNN’s Jim Acosta at his first post-midterm press conference on Wednesday, with him telling the reporter he was unfit for his job.
Acosta had been questioning Trump about his claim that a caravan of migrants posed a threat to the U.S. when the President turned on the journalist.
As Acosta tried to ask further questions, the POTUS insisted: “That’s enough! Put down the mic!”
Trump even added, “CNN should be ashamed of itself having you working for them. You are a rude, terrible person. You shouldn’t be working for CNN.”
The president then turned to NBC News’ Peter Alexander, who tried to defend Acosta. However, this wound Trump up even more and he ended up saying he wasn’t a huge fan of Alexander either.
Trump also shut down American Urban Radio Networks’ April Ryan.
CNN have since issued a response to the conference, posting:
Trump clearly does not agree. White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders announced that Acosta’s credentials have been suspended. Acosta allegedly laid hands on a White House press aide who tried to force a microphone out of his hand.
“President Trump believes in a free press and expects and welcomes tough questions of him and his administration,” Sanders said in the statement published on Twitter. “We will, however, never tolerate a reporter placing his hands on a young woman just trying to do her job as a White House intern.”
“This conduct is absolutely unacceptable. It is also completely disrespectful to the reporter’s colleagues not to allow them an opportunity to ask a question. President Trump has given the press more access than any president in history,” Sanders continued. “Contrary to CNN’s assertions, there is no greater demonstration of the president’s support for a free press than the event he held today.”
“Only they would attack the president for not supporting a free press in the midst of him taking 68 questions from 35 different reporters over the course of 1.5 hours including several from the reporter in question,” the press secretary said. “The fact that CNN is proud of the way their employee behaved is not only disgusting, [but it‘s also] an example of their outrageous disregard for everyone, including young women, who work in this administration. As a result of today’s incident, the White House is suspending the hard pass of the reporter involved until further notice.”
Acosta confirmed the news on Twitter and published a video of a secret service officer removing his press pass.
The team at CNN were not the only ones taking to Twitter to have their say.
Strategist Peter Daou posted:
John Legend then called Trump a “f**king embarrassment.”
Here’s what other stars had to say:
Tuesday’s U.S. midterm election resulted in Trump’s Republicans strengthening their grip on the Senate. However, they lost control of the U.S. House of Representatives to the Democrats.