White House criticises Trump's treatment of CNN reporter

U.S. President-elect Donald Trump argues with CNN's Jim Acosta during a news conference in the lobby of Trump Tower in Manhattan New York City U.S

One of the stranger moments in Wednesday's deeply odd Donald Trump press conference came when the president-elect got into a shouting match with CNN's Jim Acosta, who was trying to ask him a question.

When Acosta once again sought to ask a question, Trump responded: "No I'm not going to give you a question - you are fake news". "I think it's a disgrace".

But Fox News anchor, Shepard Smith, put the bad blood behind him on Wednesday when he spoke on behalf of his network and defended reporter Jim Acosta after Donald Trump attacked the CNN journalist during a news conference.

"No, not you, not you".

"Not you. Your organization is bad", said Trump, when CNN's senior White House correspondent, Jim Acosta, tried to ask a question.

On Monday, CNN reported that top US intelligence officials had presented information to President Obama and Trump that "Russian operatives claim to have compromising personal and financial information about Mr. Trump". Trump replied that CNN was "terrible", repeatedly telling him to be quiet.

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"Mr. President-elect, can you state categorically-Mr". No, I'm not going to give you a question.

"You are fake news", came Trump's final line to Acosta as he turned to another reporter. If we the public are to be informed, every member of the press corps should have the same right to ask questions and expect to get an answer. "It's phony stuff", Trump said at a NY press conference today.

Trump has dismissed CNN's report on the allegations as fake, but the outlet says Trump has his facts wrong. After trying to persistently ask a question, Trump pointed at Jim saying, "Don't be rude".

The day before Trump's press conference, CNN aired its report on a series of memos containing the allegations against Trump and Russian Federation.

"I can never recall a scenario in which I was tempted to throw somebody out of the room", even when he was most frustrated with a reporter, Earnest said at the afternoon's daily briefing. The so-called intelligence leadership happens to have a two-page document, about which we know nothing, which alleges Trump might have done something, which they can not define. And we saw a USA congressman call for a reporter's firing for being "disrespectful" to the president-elect.

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