WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump on Wednesday had much harsher words for the press than for the party that just broke up the GOP’s control of Congress.
In a lengthy freewheeling news conference that marked his first public appearance since Monday, Trump clashed repeatedly with reporters.
“CNN should be ashamed of itself having you work for them. You are a rude, terrible person. You shouldn’t be working for CNN,” Trump told Jim Acosta after the reporter attempted to pepper him with follow-up questions.
Trump went on to accuse him of “horrible” treatment of White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders, who frequently butts heads with Acosta in the briefing room.
Not long after, Trump appeared to acknowledge American Urban Radio Network correspondent April Ryan when she pressed him on potential voter suppression in Tuesday’s races.
Trump began answering the question, but then told Ryan that he had not, in fact, called on her and snapped at her to sit down.
“Sit down, please. Sit down. I didn’t call you. I didn’t call you,” Trump said. “Excuse me, I’m not responding to you.”
Later, Trump accused PBS Newshour correspondent Yamiche Alcindor of asking a “racist” question when she asked him about his frequent use of the words “nationalist” and “globalist.”
“To say that, what you said, is so insulting to me. It’s a very terrible thing that you said,” Trump said.
In addition to taking potshots at the press, Trump also found an opportunity to mock members of his own party — particularly ones who lost their House races after, according to the president, not embracing him enough.
As he petulantly recited names from a list, Trump stopped at Rep. Mia Love (R-Utah), the first black woman Republican to be elected to Congress.
“Mia Love gave me no love and she lost,” Trump said. “Too bad. Sorry about that, Mia.”