President Donald Trump battled CNN political reporter Jim Acosta, who asked him why he apparently "always seems to side with the accused and not the accuser," in relation to Judge Brett Kavanaugh's nomination.

Trump called on Acosta during a press conference at the Lotte Palace Hotel in East Midtown, New York City, while the president attends the nearby United Nations general assembly.

Acosta began by asking that Trump take a question "from a female reporter" on the Kavanaugh situation.

"What does he mean by that?" an incredulous Trump asked the assembled press.

Acosta said it would be appropriate that Trump allow a woman to ask him questions regarding other women who have been alleged victims of sexual assault.

Trump said he was fine with the request and asked Acosta to continue his questioning.

"Why is it, Mr. President, that you always seem to side with the accused and not the accuser?" Acosta asked.


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Trump dismissed the claim, and rejected Acosta's follow-up that Trump acted improperly when Alabama U.S. Senate candidate Roy Moore (R) was accused of multiple acts of sexual misconduct.

"I wasn't happy with Roy Moore," Trump responded.

"As far as women [go], allegations can go the other way also. I could pick a woman and she could have charges made against her," Trump said.

Acosta asked again about the claims made against Kavanaugh, prompting Trump to rip the attorney of the latest accuser as a "lowlife."

"You don't get much worse" than Michael Avenatti, Trump said.

Avenatti is also representing porn star Stormy Daniels in her case against Trump.


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