Trump just turned CNN's Jim Acosta into a martyr

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Trump shut down the question and went on to say, "I tell you what". Acosta joined a room of other journalists in questioning the president after the mid-term elections, and the topic of immigration came up. When an intern tried to take the mic from Acosta to let the next reporter ask a question, he continued needling the president, who finally called him a "rude, bad person".

Mr Trump replied: "I consider it an invasion".

The president clashed with Acosta after a series of questions about the migrant caravan, but the conversation became personal in a hurry. Instead, Acosta continued with a second question about the Russian investigation, which Trump shrugged off with another curt answer.

On the third attempt, Mr Acosta's hand blocks the female aide's arm.

Trump said "that's enough!" and a White House intern tried in vain to take the microphone from the CNN journalist.

Trump also accused Acosta of treating Press Secretary Sarah Sanders in a way that was "awful". The footage on the right shows Acosta roughly handling a White House aide during a press conference yesterday-or does it?

In a statement announcing the disciplinary measure Wednesday evening, Sanders said, "President Trump believes in a free press and expects and welcomes tough questions of him and his administration".

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Earlier in the day, President Donald Trump called Acosta a "rude, bad person" during a press conference and tried to cut off his questioning. After taking criticism for the gross mischaracterization of events, Sanders proceeded to tweet a video of the event as evidence of Acosta's "inappropriate behaviour". One way to examine the situation is to consider how CNN and the New York Times would describe the incident if the reporter was from Fox News and the intern was from the Obama White House.

Matt Dornic, a vice-president at CNN, said: "Absolutely shameful, @PressSec. But they have to come in legally".

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Trump moved away from his podium and then pointed his finger at Acosta and said, "CNN should be ashamed of itself having you working for them".

On Wednesday, President Trump was in a foul mood and chose to hold an impromptu news conference that lasted almost 90 minutes. He said, "I can do something fantastic, and they make it look not good". "Jim Acosta is always the story". And the way you treat other people are terrible.

Perino, a former press secretary for President George W. Bush, said she knew many of Acosta's colleagues were privately frustrated with his conduct, which often appears more made for television than to garner meaningful information.

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