President Donald Trump and CNN White House correspondent Jim Acosta got into a heated verbal back-and-forth at the White House on Wednesday that resulted in the president telling the reporter to "sit down" and aides wrestling with the reporter to try and get the mic out of his hands.
It got hot nearly immediately.
When Acosta repeated his assertion that the caravan is not "an invasion", Trump became enraged.
Acosta attempted to ask another question about the Mueller probe, but Trump dismissed him by repeatedly saying, "That's enough", and motioning for Acosta's microphone to be handed to another reporter. That further infuriated the President. "You are a rude, bad person; you shouldn't be working for CNN", said the president, pointing right at Acosta.
"That is enough", Trump said before calling on another reporter.
When Acosta tried to ask another question, Trump said forcefully, "That's enough".
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"Here we go", Trump complained.
"You're a very rude person, the way you treat Sarah Huckabee is frightful, and the way you treat other people are awful, you shouldn't treat people that way".
"You shouldn't treat people that way", Trump says. "And if you did it well your ratings would be much better".
'The way you treat Sarah Huckabee is disgusting, ' he said. "It was true. Do you think they were actors?"
"In Jim's defense, I've traveled with him, he's a hard-working, diligent reporter", Alexander told the president.
"They're hundreds of miles away, that's not an invasion", Acosta said.
"Very hostile. Such a hostile media".
Trump and Acosta have long have a contentious relationship as the CNN reporter often asks the president questions that seemed created to illicit a reaction from him. "It's so sad", Trump said.