Trump Tells April Ryan To 'Sit Down': 'I'm Not Responding' To You

Aaron Brown
November 8, 2018

A visibly angry President Donald Trump branded CNN's White House correspondent Jim Acosta a "rude, awful person" and an "enemy of the people" in a testy exchange on national television on Wednesday (Nov 7) the day after America's midterm elections.

He then lampooned Acosta for the way in which he has questions White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders in press briefings. "You shouldn't be working for CNN", Trump said.

Trump says he's been hearing about investigations since he began running for president and refers to it as "investigation fatigue". Acosta refused. Trump backed away from his podium and briefly paced the stage. "The way you treat Sarah Huckabee Sanders is awful", he said, referring to his press secretary.

While many reporters joined in defending Acosta, several others were quick to point out that they felt he acted inappropriately, "embarrassing the profession".

'I would never do that, and I don't use racist remarks, ' the president said generally during a wide-ranging press conference a day after historic midterm congressional elections. You rudely interrupted him. "If you did it well your ratings would be much better". Trump seemed "depressed" at the presser and the whole thing seemed like a "pity party", according to Acosta. You shouldn't be working for CNN. I didn't call you.'10.

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As the tensions flared, Trump, who called the Russian Federation probe a "witch hunt", repeatedly demanded that Acosta "put down the mic" to allow another reporter to ask a question.

If you thought Donald Trump acted like a dictator before the midterms, just wait. "The way you treat other people is frightful!"

When asked why Representative Jeff Flake of Arizona, who was not a head of any committe, retired, Trump replied: "I retired him". Asked about his declaration of being a "nationalist", and if he understands that some see that as emboldening white nationalists, Trump again went off the rails.

President Trump pointed to his poll numbers among African Americans and then ripped the question as "racist". "You shouldn't treat people that way", Trump continued.

After the presser, Alcindor tweeted that she was "simply asking the questions the public wants to know".

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