Trump To CNN’s Jim Acosta: ‘Out’

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President Donald Trump casually kicked out CNN chief White House correspondent Jim Acosta during a Tuesday White House event with Kazakhstan President Nursultan Nazarbayev, marking the latest development in one of Trump’s most heated feuds with a “very fake news” media personality.

Video of the event shows Acosta pressing forward to ask a question as aides to the president attempt to keep the proceedings moving forward.

“Mr. President, did you say that you wanted more people to come in from Norway? Is that true, Mr. President,” he asked.

“I want them to come in from everywhere. Everywhere,” Trump responded. “Thank you very much.”

“Just Caucasian or white countries, sir?” Acosta volleyed back. “Or do you want people from other parts of the world where there are people of color?”

“Thank you, Jim,” Trump said perfunctorily. He then pointed his finger in Acosta’s direction and said, “Out.”

During a later appearance with CNN anchor Wolf Blitzer, Acosta explained his side of the story.

“I’m not sure if you can hear the end of that there, Wolf, but as I tried to ask whether he wanted more people to come in from just white or Caucasian countries, he said, out. He pointed to me and said, out, as in ‘get out of the Oval Office.’”

Trump and Acosta’s feud goes back to the very beginning of his presidency. During his first press conference since Election Day, Trump singled Acosta out and labeled him as “fake news” as Acosta doggedly attempted to continue his line of questioning.

“Your organization’s terrible,” Trump told Acosta of CNN, demanding that he be quiet.

“I’m not going to give you a question – you are fake news,” he later added.

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