President Donald Trump struck back at a black female reporter's question about his calling himself "nationalist" as "emboldening white nationalists", calling it a "racist question", "insulting", and "very awful".
Trump called on Acosta, who began questioning the president over his use of the word "invasion" to describe the Central American migrant caravan traveling towards the U.S.
When Acosta asked if Trump was "demonizing" immigrants with his rhetoric and controversial campaign ads, Trump suggested, "I think you should let me run the country". To Jim Acosta: 'CNN should be ashamed of themselves having you working for them.
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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.
Acosta tried to interrupt, saying Trump was being unfair.
The president told him his time was done, telling him to sit down and to stop being a "rude, bad person".
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"Well, I'm not a big fan of yours either", Trump said, as some people in the audience laughed.
Trump laid into the CNN star - the latest in a long history of fiery run-ins between the pair - after Acosta refused Trump's orders to sit down and give up the microphone during a press conference.
After this exchange, many in the media rushed to Acosta's defense.
"That's such a racist question", responded the president, who noted his high approval rating among black Americans. "You and I have a difference of opinion", Trump replied calmly.
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A short time later, Trump attacked PBS NewsHour correspondent Yamiche Alcindor for asking a legitimate question about whether or he was emboldening white supremacists by referring to himself as a "nationalist" on the campaign trail.