“You are a rude, terrible person.”
CNN’s Jim Acosta, known for his contentious rapport with Trump administration figures, refused to relinquish a microphone to an aide during a heated post-election press conference Wednesday.
President Donald Trump responded to questions from the White House correspondent regarding the migrant caravan and Robert Mueller’s Russia investigation by attempting to move on.
BREAKING: White House aide grabs and tries to physically remove a microphone from CNN Correspondent Jim Acosta during a contentious exchange with President Trump at a news conference. pic.twitter.com/fFm7wclFw2
— NBC News (@NBCNews) November 7, 2018
A White House aide tasked with handing the microphone off to reporters attempted to take it from Acosta.
When he refused to give up the microphone, Trump chastised Acosta as a “rude, terrible person.”
“CNN should be ashamed of itself having you working for them,” Trump said. “You are a rude, terrible person. You shouldn’t be working for CNN. You’re a very rude person. The way you treat [Press Secretary] Sarah Huckabee [Sanders] is horrible. The way you treat other people is horrible.”
Acosta has been a frequent Trump administration antagonist, sparring repeatedly with White House press secretary Sarah Sanders and drawing condemnation from conservatives who accuse the CNN journalist of grandstanding.
I hate Trump as much as anyone, but we can all agree that Jim Acosta is a grandstanding hack, right?
Seriously – the two of them deserve each other.
— Josh Jordan (@NumbersMuncher) November 7, 2018
In July, members of the media widely condemned the White House, who cited Acosta’s purportedly disrespectful behavior as the cause for canceling a CNN interview with UN Ambassador John Bolton.