After Trump repeatedly indicated he was moving on, the White House staffer in charge of passing the mic around jumped up and tried to take the microphone away from him. When he refused to let it go, she squatted down in the front row and let the Acosta show continue.
"Excuse me, ma'am", he told the aide as he continued his question. The next questioner, NBC reporter Peter Alexander, defended his CNN colleague as a fine reporter. While heading into the midterms, Trump touted the typically favorable and highly questionable Rasmussen poll which showed a 40 percent approval rating among black respondents. "You ask me - no, you rudely interrupted him".
In a stinging put down of Acosta, he said: "I tell you what CNN should be ashamed of itself having you working for them". You are rude, bad person. "You should not be working for CNN". You are a very rude person. Go ahead. You are a very rude person, the way that you treat Sarah Huckabee Sanders is terrible. If i did, you people - you would have known about it. "You shouldn't treat people that way".
As the hour-long Q and A trundled on, at one point Trump yelled at reporters to "sit down" and regularly barked down reporters with phrases like: "Excuse me, you were not called on". "I understand", Alexander responded.
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. "When you report fake news, which CNN does a lot, you are an enemy of the people".
Watch the exchange between Trump and Acosta below, then hit the comments with your reactions. CNN released a statement calling the president "dangerous", claiming that he "does not respect a free press".
The president began the wide-ranging press conference with a focus on the election results, but it soon devolved into brazen and shocking media attacks that appeared created to frustrate and enrage the president.