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Trump Demands CNN's Jim Acosta Leave Oval Office, Deputy Press Secretary Later Screams at Him

"It reminded me of something you might see in less democratic countries,” the correspondent said.

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In a stunning display, President Donald Trump pointed a finger at CNN chief White House correspondent Jim Acosta before demanding he leave. "Out," was the abrupt command from the president.

Acosta had pressed Trump on his racist remarks about immigrants, in which he referred to African nations as "sh*thole countries" and suggested the U.S. shouldn't accept more Haitian immigrants.

"I want 'em to come in from everywhere," Trump said dismissively when Acosta asked if the president preferred immigrants from places like Norway.

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When Acosta tried to follow up by asking specifically if he meant majority-white countries or places where the majority are people of color, Trump refused to answer and threw him out.

Acosta said that, a short time later, deputy press secretary Hogan Gidley screamed at him when he tried to ask Trump questions in the Roosevelt Room.

"It reminded me of something you might see in less democratic countries,” Acosta said.

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Chris Sosa is the Senior Editor at AlterNet. His work also appears in Mic, Salon, Care2, Huffington Post and other publications. Follow him on Twitter @ChrisSosa.