"I think you should let me run the country and you run CNN", the President bit back. Trump said, "That's enough" at least five times, pointing directly at Acosta but Acosta kept talking over him, demanding to ask a question about the Russian Federation investigation.
The spar happened when Acosta prodded the president over his campaign messaging, specifically his decision to focus on illegal immigration and the migrant caravan.
He then tried to ask a question about the Russian Federation investigation, but Trump dismissed the question and told Acosta to "put down the mic".
The president told him his time was done, telling him to sit down and to stop being a "rude, awful person".
"Those are some of the people who decided for their own reason not to embrace - whether it's me or what we stand for", Trump told reporters.
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In the long news conference, Trump warned House Democrats about spending the remaining years of his presidency investigating him and the administration. "I'm fighting back not for me, I'm fighting back for the people of this country".
Trump's aide had to physically try to take the mic off of Acosta at one point. You run CNN. And if you did it well, your ratings would be much better.'12. Trump explained that he berated Ryan because she "rudely interrupted" another reporter and Alcindor's question was "racist" and "insulting".
The president began the wide-ranging press conference with a focus on the election results, but it soon devolved into brazen and shocking media attacks that appeared created to frustrate and enrage the president. Trump called it a "racist question".
"They are not only unsafe, they are disturbingly un-American".
It was meant to be a victory lap for President Trump to tout the Senate and gubernatorial gains that Republicans made in Tuesday's election.
He later called Acosta an "enemy of the people".