President Trump and CNN's Jim Acosta just had a tense exchange during the President's morning-after midterms press conference.
Acosta, a frequent target of Trump's attacks on the media, questioned if the President thinks he demonized immigrants when he called the migrant caravan an "invasion."
When a White House staffer tried to end Acosta's questions, Trump called Acosta a "rude, terrible person" -- then called an NBC News reporter "fake news" when he came to Acosta's defense.
Here's a portion of their exchange:
Acosta: Do you think you demonized immigrants to try to keep...
Trump: No, I want them to come into the country. But they have to come in legally. Through a process. I want it to be a process. And I want people to come in. And we need the people. Wait, wait. You know why we need the people? Because we have hundreds of companies move in. We need to people.
Acosta: Your campaign had an ad showing migrants climbing over walls and so on...
Trump: That's true. They were not actors. It is true. Do you think that they were actors? They did not come from Hollywood. These were people, this was an actual -- it happened a few days ago and...
Acosta: They are hundreds of miles away. That is not an invasion.
Trump: Honestly I think that you should let me run the country. You run CNN. And if you did it well, your ratings will be much higher.
Acosta: If I may ask one other question.
Trump: That's enough.
Acosta: The other folks asked, pardon me, ma'am...
An unidentified woman attempted to reach f the mic from Acosta.
Trump: That's enough.
Acosta: If I can ask on the Russian investigation. Are you concerned that you may have...
Trump: I am not concerned about anything with the Russian investigation because it is a hoax. That is enough, put down the mic.
Acosta: Mr. President.
Trump: I tell you what, CNN should be ashamed of themselves having you working for them. You are rude, terrible person. You should not be working for CNN. Go ahead. You are a very rude person, the way that you treat Sarah Huckabee Sanders is horrible. The way that you treat other people is horrible. You should not treat people that way.
Trump then called on another reporter, Peter Alexander
Alexander: In Jim's defense I've traveled with him and watched him, he is a diligent reporter who busts his butt...
Trump: I'm not a big fan of yours either, to be honest ... You are not the best ... Just sit down, please. When you report fake news — no. When you report fake news, which CNN does a lot, you're the enemy of the people.
Watch the full exchange:
This post has been updated.
President Donald Trump and Vice President Mike Pence appear to be renewing their vows for 2020.
"Mike, will you be my running mate?" Trump said, asking the Vice President, seated in the front row, to stand up.
The Vice President obliged.
"Will you?" Trump asked as Pence nodded and laughed.
Pence took his seat, laughing as press secretary Sarah Sanders patted him on the back.
President Donald Trump warned Democrats on Wednesday about the consequences of spending their time investigating his administration.
Trump cautioned that if Democrats make that decision, he will sic the GOP Senate to investigate Democrats, pointing to "leaks" and "many other things" that he accused Democrats of engaging in.
"All you're going to do is end up in back and forth and back and forth and two years are going to go up" and we won't have gotten a thing done, Trump said.
"We can look at them, they can look at us and then we can look at them and then it'll go back and forth."
But the President predicted he will benefit politically if Democrats focus on investigating his administration, saying, "I think I'm better at that game than they are."
President Trump, speaking at a news conference, praised lawmakers who embraced his policies and won Tuesday night and criticized others for turning their back on him.
He went after Rep. Mia Love, a Republican from Utah, for pulling away from him during her race, claiming that led to her loss on Tuesday night. (CNN has not projected a win in Love's race.)
The President also mentioned Rep. Barbara Comstock, who lost her re-election bid to Democrat Jennifer Wexton.
"And Barbara Comstock was another one, I mean I think she could have won that race, but she didn't want to have any embrace. For that I don't blame her, but she lost substantially lost," he said.
Watch the moment:
President Trump on Wednesday was full of praise for House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, preemptively calling her "Speaker Nancy Pelosi."
While Democrats took the House, it's unclear if Pelosi will remain the party's leader. However, despite some pushback from within her own party, Pelosi has no challenger for speaker and she's considered the heavy favorite.
"I gave her a lot of credit, she works very hard and she's worked long and hard. I give her a great deal of credit for how she's worked and what she’s accomplished," he said.
He said he looked forward to working across the aisle with the Democratic-controlled House, citing drug prices, infrastructure and trade as areas where compromise can be reached.
He later referenced Pelosi's use of the words "united" and "bipartisanship."
“I really think and I really respected what Nancy said last night about bipartisanship and getting together and uniting," Trump said. "She used the word 'uniting' and she used the 'bipartisanship' statement which is so important because that’s what we should be doing."
He added: "It really could be a beautiful bipartisan type of situation."
President Trump said Democrats’ loss in securing a majority in the Senate was partly due to the way they handled the Senate confirmation hearings for Brett Kavanaugh:
“By expanding our Senate majority, the voters have also clearly rebuked the Senate Democrats for their handling of the Kavanaugh hearings. That was a factor, I think maybe a very big factor, the way that was handled, I think, tremendous energy was given to the Republican Party by the way they treated then-Judge Kavanaugh, now Justice Kavanaugh.”
President Donald Trump ticked down a list of historical statistics in an attempt to broadly characterize the midterm election results as a victory for him and his party.
The President ticked off several more stats — that CNN will fact check after this news conference — that seemed quite narrowly tailored to portray the GOP Senate gains as historic.
Unmentioned was that these Senate gains all occurred in states Trump won in 2016.
Trump also favorably compared the midterm results to those President Barack Obama's Democratic party faced in 2010, pointing to his loss of Senate and House seats.
The President also blamed losses in the House on retirements and rules limiting the years GOP members could serve as chairmen of committees.
He said Republicans faced "the most House Republican retirements in 88 years" and said "in many cases" these were committee chairmen."
"You're a chairman of a committee and you become a big deal," Trump said, noting those chairmen would not want to go back to being backbenchers.
President Trump, speaking at a post-midterm election news conference, mentioned the Democratic candidates and their supporters who "worked very, very hard."
"Like Oprah Winfrey," Trump said, referring to the media mogul's work campaigning for Georgia governor candidate Stacey Abrams.
"Who I like, I don't know if she likes me anymore but that's okay," he added. "She used to. But she worked very hard in Georgia, very, very hard."
President Trump kicked off his post-election press conference touting his party's success and his hand in last night's Republican victories.
"Last night the Republican party defied history to expand our Republican majority," he said, adding that the Republican Party "(beat) expectations in the House."
Republicans, he said, "dramatically outperformed historical precedence," despite what he called a "very dramatic fundraising disadvantage" and "very hostile media coverage, to put it mildly."
Referencing his multitude of rallies ahead of Tuesday's contests, Trump boasted, "Of the 11 candidates we campaigned with during the last week, nine won last night."
He then rattled off a list of historical midterm statistics and specific races.
(Trump is claiming victories in races CNN hasn’t called yet — some are still too close to call.)