Alcindor was asking for Trump's reaction to the sentiment that his pre-election anti-immigration comments emboldened racists and white nationalists, when Trump interrupted, as he had done several times throughout the contentious back-and-forth with members of the media.
In a almost two-hour-long press conference from the East Room of the White House that began with a low-key statement but quickly deteriorated into a rollicking Q&A, the president ratcheted up his antagonism of the gathered press corps.
- After a testy exchange with President Donald Trump during a post-midterm election news conference on Wednesday, CNN chief White House correspondent Jim Acosta has had White House press credential suspended.
He followed that upby touting his "poll numbers with African Americans".
"That's such a racist question ..."
"You should let me run the country", Trump said. She said that "on the campaign trail, you called yourself a nationalist". I also love the world.
"I love our country, 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". We have a lot of problems. "You run CNN, and if you did it well, your ratings would be higher", Trump said. "It's a very bad thing that you said". "While President Trump has made it clear he does not respect a free press, he has a sworn obligation to protect it". He called CNN's Jim Acosta a "rude, bad person" and excoriated PBS' Yamiche Alcindor for asking "a racist question" when she attempted to probe him on whether his rhetoric was emboldening white nationalists.
"I would never do that and I don't use racist remarks", Trump told reporters in the East Room, adding that if he did, "You would've known about it". The way that you treat other people is terrible. "You shouldn't be working for CNN", he said.