The Trump White House has struggled to differentiate economic nationalism from more sinister uses of the term since the early days of 2017 when former Trump adviser Steve Bannon adopted it to describe the president's trade and economic agenda.
He even said House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi deserved the honor of being House speaker and he might send a few Republican votes her way. (Previously, Trump called him "Crazy Jim Acosta" on Twitter.) This time, the president did take a question from Acosta and appeared to immediately regret it.
He then lampooned Acosta for the way in which he has questions White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders in press briefings.
"Pardon me, ma'am", Acosta said.
TRUMP: I consider it to be an invasion. "You have nationalists, you have globalists, I also love the world and I don't mind helping the world but we have to straighten out our country first".
"Thank you, Mr. President".
"I want them to come into the country, but they have to come in legally", Trump said. "You are not the best". While President Trump has made it clear he does not respect a free press, he has a sworn obligation to protect it.
"It was filled with disrespect and effrontery".
Trump answered Acosta's second question saying, "I'm not concerned about anything with the Russian Federation investigation because it's a hoax". "Put down the mic".
He then tried to ask a question about the Russian Federation investigation, but Trump dismissed the question and told Acosta to "put down the mic". You are a rude, awful person.'14. "You should not be working for CNN".
Trump's aide had to physically try to take the mic off of Acosta at one point. You are rude, awful person. "The way you treat other people is terrible!" "You should not treat people that way".
Acosta still refused to quit badgering, prompting Trump to say: "Just sit down please". "When you report Fake News, which CNN does, you are the Enemy of the People".
Acosta continued to argue over with the president over whether his campaign ad had been fair, pointing to images of people climbing over a wall.