Trump lashes out at CNN reporter at surreal press conference

President Trump speaks during a news conference in the East Room of the White House on Wednesday. More

President Trump speaks during a news conference in the East Room of the White House on Wednesday. More

The White House on Wednesday (Nov 7) suspended the press pass of a CNN reporter who sparred with Donald Trump at a news conference, during which the president branded him the "enemy of the people".

The exchange marked a new low for Trump's relationship with journalists, which has largely been hostile.

"It's not an invasion", Acosta instructed Trump at a White House news conference focused on the results of the midterm elections.

CNN's Jim Acosta asked whether Trump "demonised immigrants" during the midterm campaign by releasing a video depicting Latin Americans scaling walls while warning of an "invasion".

As the hour-long Q and A trundled on, at one point Trump yelled at reporters to "sit down" and regularly barked down reporters with phrases like: "Excuse me, you were not called on". Acosta stood back up and began mentioning, without a microphone, the explosive devices that were recently sent to CNN and some of the president's political opponents.

President Donald Trump got personal with CNN reporter Jim Acosta on Wednesday, calling him a "terrible person" directly from the podium. "You should not be working for CNN".

"The way you treat Sarah Huckabee is awful", he said. "And the way you treat other people is terrible". "You shouldn't treat people like that".

To PBS NewsHour's Yamiche Alcindor, who asked him about white nationalists emboldened by Trump labeling himself a "nationalist", Trump said he was insulted.

Mr Acosta, CNN's chief White House correspondent, said he was informed by Secret Service officers that he could not enter for his scheduled 8pm broadcast.

WOW - Trump unloads on Jim Acosta, says "CNN should be ashamed of themselves having you working for them".

Following the row, CNN's Acosta had his White House media credentials withdrawn.

He then berated Acosta for the way he questioned White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders in briefings. "You and I have a difference of opinion". I think they're trying to shut us down.

These weren't the only reporters to grate on the president at this press conference, though. Trump spit back when NBC's White House Correspondent Peter Alexander had come to Acosta's defense, telling Trump his comment was "unfair" and adding, Acosta is "a diligent reporter who busts his butt like the rest of us".

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Trump took the rare step of mocking Republican candidates who kept their distance from him during the campaign because of concerns that his divisive messages on immigration would turn off voters - but lost anyway.