US President Donald Trump clashed with journalists during a speech at The White House that addressed the results of the 2018 midterm elections.

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

Trump continued to be combative when Peter Alexander from NBC News got his turn at the mic next, and defended Acosta as a diligent reporter.

He said the investigation is a "hoax", before stepping away from the podium. Go ahead. You are a very rude person, the way that you treat Sarah Huckabee Sanders is disgusting.

President Trump pointed to his poll numbers among African Americans and then ripped the question as "racist".


Later on, Trump upbraided the entire media for reporting fake news and called them "hostile" and "rude" for constantly interrupting - something they did not do with President Obama.

President Trump also says he's happy with "most" of his Cabinet as he suggests changes may be coming.

"I'm not a big fan of yours either, to be honest..."

Asked whether he called rapper Lil' Jon an "Uncle Tom", Trump said, "I don't know who Little Jon is".

Trump championed Republican gains in the Senate and said Republicans minimised losses in the House of Representatives in spite of a "historic" number of Republicans retiring from the chamber.


Following the testy confrontations, CNN tweeted that Trump's "ongoing attacks on the press have gone too far". I also love the world, and I don't mind helping the world, but we have to straighten out our country first. "The way you treat other people is disgusting!" During a White House press briefing last month, Acosta tried to force Sanders to spell out which news outlets are considered to be the "enemy of the people".

President Trump argued the GOP's expansion in the Senate clearly shows voters were upset by the Democrats' handling of the confirmation process for now-Justice Brett Kavanaugh.

Trump noted that the Republicans were outspent but still managed to stave off a "blue wave" election.

TRUMP: Honestly I think you should let me run the country. You are a rude and bad people and you shouldn't be working for CNN.

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.


"Hopefully, we can work together next year delivering to the American people", Trump said.

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