'You are a rude, awful person'

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US President Donald Trump on Wednesday clashed with CNN´s White House correspondent Jim Acosta, branding him a "rude, awful person" in a testy exchange. "You run CNN. And if you did it well, your ratings would be much better", Trump said.

"I'll tell you what, CNN should be ashamed of itself having you working for them", Trump said. "You are rude, bad person", he yelled. The way you treat [White House Press Secretary] Sarah Huckabee [Sanders] is awful.

Later on, Trump upbraided the entire media for reporting fake news and called them "hostile" and "rude" for constantly interrupting - something they did not do with President Obama.

"There are some people that say that now the Republican party is seen as supporting white nationalists because of your rhetoric", Alcindor asked, "what do you make of that?"

The exchange between Trump and CNN's professional provocateur quickly escalated, which ended up with Trump embarrassing Acosta.

Trump said he "never" worries about any record of racist remarks because "I have never used racist remarks". While President Trump has made it clear he does not respect a free press, he has a sworn obligation to protect it.

Trump, clearly exasperated, finally walked away from the podium until Acosta sat down.

Trump called "false" a claim from his former attorney Michael Cohen that he he once said 'black people are too stupid to vote for me'. He also noted that the impoverished members of the caravan might be intending to try and enter the country legally.

"That's true", said Trump. Alcindor asked if that was essentially a dog whistle to the white nationalists who are largely attracted to Trump's hardline anti-immigration stance and nativist agenda. "John Faso. Those are some of the people that you know decided for their own reason not to embrace whether it's me or what we stand for, but what we stand for meant a lot to most people".

ACOSTA: If I may ask one more question. You have nationalists. You have globalists.

Trump noted that the Republicans were outspent but still managed to stave off a "blue wave" election.

Earlier, President Trump warned House Democrats about spending the remaining years of his presidency investigating him and the administration.

"What do you make of it?" she asked.

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