(CNSNews.com) – During a post-election White House press conference on Wednesday, President Donald Trump fielded questions from reporters, including CNN White House Correspondent Jim Acosta who he called a “rude, terrible person” who shouldn’t be working for the network.
Acosta began questioning the president’s use of the term “invasion” when describing the migrant caravan that’s headed for the United States border.
ACOSTA: I wanted to challenge you on one of the statements that you made in the tail end of the campaign in the midterms—
TRUMP: Here we go.
ACOSTA: Well, if you don’t mind, Mr. President, that this caravan was an invasion. As you know, Mr. President--
TRUMP: I consider it to be an invasion.
ACOSTA: As you know, Mr. President, the caravan was not an invasion. It’s a group of migrants moving up from Central America towards the border with the U.S. ---
TRUMP: Thank you for telling me that. I appreciate it.
ACOSTA: And why did characterize it as such—
TRUMP: Because I consider it an invasion. You and I have a difference of opinion.
ACOSTA: But do you think that you demonized immigrants in this election to try to keep—
TRUMP: Not at all. I want them—I want them to come into the country, but they have to come in legally. You know they have to come in, Jim, through a process. I want it to be a process, and I want people to come in, and we need the people.
ACOSTA: Your campaign—
TRUMP: Wait, wait! You know why we need the people, don’t you? Because we have hundreds of companies moving in. We need the people.
ACOSTA: Your campaign had an ad showing migrants climbing over walls, and so on--
TRUMP: Well that’s true. They weren’t actors. They weren’t actors. Well no, it’s true. Do you think they were actors? They weren’t actors. They didn’t come from Hollywood. These were people. This was an actual. You know, it happened a few days ago, and—
ACOSTA: They’re hundreds of miles away though. They’re hundreds and hundreds of miles away. That’s not an invasion.
TRUMP: You know what? I think you should-- Honestly, I think you should let me run the country. You run CNN, and if you did it well, your ratings will be much better. Okay, that’s enough.
ACOSTA: Let me ask--- if I may ask one other question. Mr. President, if I may ask one other question.
TRUMP: Okay, that’s enough. That’s enough. That’s enough.
ACOSTA: Mr. President, if I may ask one other question. Are you worried—
The president tried to call on NBC News White House Correspondent Peter Alexander, but was interrupted again by Acosta.
ACOSTA: Mr. President, I have one other question if I may ask on the Russia investigation, are you concerned that you may have indictments---
TRUMP: I’m not concerned about anything with the Russian investigation, because it’s a hoax. That’s enough. Put down the mic.
ACOSTA: Mr. President, are you worried about indictments coming down in this investigation?
Trump walked away from podium, then returned again to address Acosta.
TRUMP: I tell you what. CNN should be ashamed of itself having you working for them. You are a rude, terrible person. You shouldn’t be working for CNN. … You’re a very rude person. The way you treat Sarah Huckabee is horrible, and the way you treat other people are horrible. You shouldn’t treat people that way. Go ‘head. Go ahead, Peter, go ‘head.
PETER: In Jim’s defense, I’ve traveled with him and watched him. He’s a diligent reporter who busts his butt –
TRUMP: Well, I’m not a big fan of yours either, so—