Trump insults CNN reporters, claims Acosta video wasn't altered

Sergio Cunningham
November 10, 2018

President Trump and Acosta got into a "White House press tantrum" during a press conference this week to the point where an intern tried to physically grab the mic away from the CNN reporter.

In her statement announcing Acosta's suspension, she said the White House won't tolerate "a reporter placing his hands on a young woman just trying to do her job".

That was a reference to the intern's efforts to wrest the microphone away from Acosta, which he successfully resisted, and Sanders' tweeted statement was accompanied by a video purporting to show the reporter aggressively swatting the intern's arm away.

Several journalists and organisations, including the American Society of News Editors, the Associated Press Media Editors and the Online News Association, have demanded that the White House reinstate Acosta's press pass. Acosta asked the USA leader about his claim that Central American migrants walking through Mexico toward the southern US border were "invading" the country. "She doesn't know what the hell she's doing", Trump said of Ryan on Friday.

The White House News Photographers Association said it was "appalled" to learn that Sanders may have shared a doctored video. But then he said, "I don't hold him for that because it wasn't overly, you know, horrible".

Trump also told April Ryan of the Urban National Radio Network to "sit down" and wait her turn.

Acosta shot back at the accusation of misconduct, tweeting "this is a lie" - as his network and a number of Washington journalists who had been at the press conference voiced support for him and denied the White House allegations that he touched the intern.

"She's very nasty, and she shouldn't be", he added.

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CNN has defended Acosta and assailed the White House for taking his credential.

She says that she'd been asking about voter suppression, a far more serious problem than voter fraud.

Despite losing his White House pass, Acosta travelled to Paris this weekend to cover Trump's trip to meet with world leaders.

These comments come after a very contentious week between the White House and Jim Acosta. "And never surprising", CNN said.

Trump also had some (more) choice words for two other CNN personalities. Trump interrupted her, calling it a racist question.

Ryan became a CNN contributor past year. But I watch you a lot. "You have got to treat the White House and the office of the presidency with respect". But firing Sanders isn't the only punishment Kimmel has in mind for the woman he called the "Hucka-B.S. machine" - the Jimmy Kimmel Live host has an even better idea about what Sanders should do post-Trump.

A 20-year veteran of the White House beat, Ryan pointed out that each president before Trump "understood that reporters were part of the underpinnings of this nation".

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