Defiant Trump lashes out at media, fellow Republicans for midterm losses

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President Donald Trump sparred with reporters at his post-election news conference, ordering several to sit down and telling another he's a "rude, terrible" person.

During the same press conference, PBS Newshour's Yamiche Alcindor asked what Trump thought of the belief that he and the Republican party are bolstering white nationalism, which he called a "racist question".

CNN's Jim Acosta took Trump to task, grilling the president on a recent campaign ad depicting a thousands-strong "caravan" of Central American migrants heading for the U.S. border as an "invasion". "Honestly I think that you should let me run the country".

The president then tried to move onto another reporter as Acosta began to ask him about the Russian Federation investigation.

Trump interrupted Acosta. "I'm not concerned about anything with the Russian investigation because it's a hoax".

Trump said that his use of the word is about his "America First" policies such as tougher trade measures, strengthening the border, and matters of national security. The way you treat Sarah Huckabee is disgusting, and the way you treat other people are frightful.

President Trump is calling for unity on the heels of the midterm elections. He also said he supports her bid for speakership. "John Faso. Those are some of the people that you know decided for their own reason not to embrace whether it's me or what we stand for, but what we stand for meant a lot to most people".

In a statement, CNN called out Trump.

NBC's Peter Alexander came to Acosta's defence, prompting Trump to say " well, I'm not a big fan of yours either. Dems did, however, manage to turn the House of Representatives blue, and as such the GOP no longer now has control of all three branches of government. "They didn't come from Hollywood".

"Thank you, Mr. President". "You are rude, awful person".

"I love our country", Trump told Alcindor.

"I'll tell you what, CNN should be ashamed of itself having you working for them", Trump said.

"It was quite a chaotic and extraordinary news conference and when you cut away all the other stuff, there was a clear message coming from the president".

Waving his finger, Trump berated him.

Some reporters pushed him on whether his campaign rhetoric on migrants from central America was divisive, as well as the Russian Federation investigation - but Mr Trump aggressively pushed back.

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