- President Donald Trump came out with guns blazing in a post-midterms press conference on Wednesday, lambasting reporters for asking basic questions and threatening Democrats after they won a majority in the House.
- Trump accused a black reporter of asking a “racist question” and had a heated argument with CNN reporter Jim Acosta.
- The president also said he’d take a “war-like posture” if Democrats attempt to open new investigations into his administration.
President Donald Trump came out with guns blazing in a post-midterms press conference on Wednesday, lambasting reporters for asking basic questions and threatening Democrats after they won a majority in the House.
Trump accused a black reporter of asking a “racist” question when she inquired as to whether he thought his rhetoric had emboldened white supremacists.
PBS correspondent Yamiche Alcindor asked if Trump’s recent embrace of the term “nationalist” could be seen as encouraging to far-right groups. Trump responded, “That’s such a racist question … Let me tell you, it’s a racist question.”
“I love our country. I do. You have nationalists. You have globalists. I also love the world. And I don’t mind helping the world, but we have to straighten out our country first,” Trump added. “We have a lot of problems. But to say that, what you say is so insulting to me. It’s a very terrible thing that you said.”
Trump also sparred with CNN reporter Jim Acosta after he asked the president about immigration and other issues, referring to him as the “enemy of the people.” The president told Acosta that CNN should be ashamed to have him in its employ.
Watch this exchange between Trump and CNN’s Jim Acosta:
“I think you should let me run the country, you run CNN. You are a rude terrible person, you shouldn’t be working for CNN. The way you treat Sarah Huckabee is horrible” pic.twitter.com/E2jfl7VHWR
— TicToc by Bloomberg (@tictoc) November 7, 2018
CNN subsequently released a statement rebuking Trump’s attacks on the press and Acosta, describing the president as “un-American.”
At another point during Wednesday’s press conference, Trump warned Democrats against opening new investigations into his administration now that they have control of the House of Representatives.
Trump threatened he would take a “war-like posture” if this happens. “They can play that game, but we can play it better,” Trump said.
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