Trump insults reporters, claims Acosta video wasn't altered


At a Q&A session on Friday morning, when a reporter asked Trump, "How long are you going to leave Jim Acosta in the penalty box?", he said "I haven't made that decision, but it could be others also".

If that sounded like something Sanders might say to her child, you're probably right. She then cited CNN's Suzanne Malveaux following a group of women who yelled at outgoing Arizona Sen.

One dramatic White House expulsion might have gotten much of the attention Thursday, but there's been another that free-speech advocates say must not be ignored: the banning of CNN reporter Jim Acosta. "But it could be others also", Trump told reporters.

Mr Trump's latest attacks on the media came after his free-wheeling and contentious news conference two days earlier, and followed demands by several journalists and organisations - including the American Society of News Editors, the Associated Press Media Editors and the White House Correspondents Association - that Mr Acosta's press pass be reinstated.

Trump also called out Acosta for his well-documented and theatrical spats with Sanders during the normal course of press briefings. The video proved otherwise. "And never surprising", CNN said. "The First Amendment applies to Donald Trump, too", he said.

"I watch her get up", he said today. Acosta stood back up and noted the explosive devices that were recently sent to CNN and some of the president's political opponents.

The White House Correspondents' Association released a statement Wednesday saying it "strongly objects to the Trump Administration's decision to use U.S. Secret Service security credentials as a tool to punish a reporter with whom it has a hard relationship".

It's rare for the White House to pull the media credentials.

Update 10:35 am ET: President Trump told reporters on Friday that the clip distributed by the White House looked different from the original because it was "a close-up" and "not doctored".

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Ryan became a CNN contributor a year ago.

The WHCA called on the White House to "immediately reverse this weak and misguided action". But in effect, the White House is trying to veto Acosta. "Knowingly sharing manipulated images is equally problematic, particularly when the person sharing them is a representative of our country's highest office with vast influence over public opinion".

A number of legal scholars have questioned Whitaker's validity as acting attorney general, as well as his fitness to oversee the Mueller investigation given Whitaker's long track record of publicly undermining the Mueller probe and claiming there was "no collusion" between the Trump campaign and Russian Federation before the investigation had concluded. He said one had asked "a stupid question", and he singled out April Ryan, a correspondent for Urban Radio Networks, calling her "very nasty" and "a loser". He refused to respond to her question. By allowing so many questions and showcasing this behavior to the American people, the President completely exposed the media's agenda.

Phillip, a CNN reporter and former Washington Post journalist, drew Trump's wrath on Friday, after she asked whether he hoped Matthew Whitaker, Trump's appointee as acting attorney general, would "rein in" special counsel Robert Mueller's probe of Trump's presidential campaign.

"I understand", Alexander said, attempting to ask a question. In once infamous incident he flailed his arms mocking a disabled New York Times journalist.

"There are embarrassingly few black and hispanic reporters in the WH press corps and four have been personally insulted by the President this week", he wrote.

"He's not able to finesse his disdain for certain people", Ryan said in an interview Friday.

The entire episode exposed the disgusting relationship that exists between the mostly liberal media and President Trump.