CNN’s Jim Acosta accuses White House of drowning him out after he shouted question at Trump

At a press conference with Nursultan Nazarbayev, the President of Kazakhstan, U.S. President Trump fielded questions from reporters regarding his remarks leaked to the press from a closed-door meeting on Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) last week.

“It’s great to have the highly respected president of Kazakhstan with us,” Trump said at the press conference. “We have a tremendous relationship in terms of economics, a lot of goods are being purchased from our country, meaning jobs, General Electric, Boeing, tremendous amounts of money. Kazakhstan is doing very well. They’re trying to turn things around, they have a lot of advantages over some nations frankly. And they have some tough situations, but the president is highly respected and has done a great, great job. And it’s an honor to be with you. We were together in Saudi Arabia, developed an immediate relationship, and it’s really terrific what you’ve done and thank you for being here.”

“Thank you very much for your invitation,” Nazarbayev said via a translator. “It’s a great honor to be here and I’d like to congratulate you for the first anniversary in the office. The last year has been very productive and you’ve achieved a lot. I’m the first president from my part of the world to be received in the White House. It’s a great honor and Kazakhstan has always enjoyed a very good political relations and we appreciate American support for independence and territorial integrity. And for the 26 years of our independence we enjoyed a very good and strong partition here. We appreciate that very much. Today’s visit is a witness to that friendship and partnership. And I’m looking to the truthful discussion with you on the topics that are of mutual interest to our both countries. And I do believe that after this visit, the economic cooperation between the two countries will grow even further. And once again, thank you for your hospitality and I wish you success.”

“Thank you very much. We’ve been talking a little bit about the economies and our economy,” Trump stated. “As the president has already said and has said again and will say again, we have broken a lot of records, we’re breaking another one today. The stock market is way up, jobs are back. Black unemployment is the best it’s ever been in recorded history. It’s been fantastic. It’s the best number we’ve had with respect to black unemployment. We’ve never seen anything even close, so we are very honored by that. And our country is doing very well. Economically, we’ve never had anything like it. I don’t believe we’ve ever been in a position and the president was so saying that we’ve never been in a position like we have.”

“Many countries, many companies are moving back from other countries where they left the United States and are now moving back into the United States,” Trump continued. “We had some big announcement recently with Chrysler going back to Michigan, we had Toyota coming in, they’re going to build a massive plant. We have many, many companies coming in and they’re building in the United States and that means jobs. I appreciate all the nice things you’ve said and I look forward to our luncheon and our discussions. And with that, I just want to thank everybody for being here. Thank you very much. Thank you very much.”

“Mr. President, did you say you want more people coming in from Norway?” CNN’s Jim Acosta shouted at the president.

“I want them to come in from everywhere. Thank you very much, everybody. Out,” Trump tersely replied.

CNN’s Jim Acosta then accused the White House of shouting during his question to drown him out.

The CNN reporter continued:

He continued to lob accusations at the White House:

Another reporter backed up Acosta on the “out” claim.

And with that one word, the president has started yet another media firestorm.


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