Trump insults reporters, claims Acosta video wasn't altered

Trump insults reporters, claims Acosta video wasn't altered

Trump insults reporters, claims Acosta video wasn't altered

"I don't think he's a smart person, but he's got a loud voice", Mr. Trump said of the journalist.

The removal of Acosta's credential, following a tense news conference Wednesday when the CNN correspondent aggressively questioned Trump, has raised alarms among press freedom groups who say the president is encroaching on journalists' basic right to cover the government.

That assessment gained even more traction Thursday when The Associated Press, citing a video editing expert, reported that a video clip distributed by Sanders on Twitter had been "doctored" to make Acosta's contact with the aide appear more aggressive than it really was.

"You talk about somebody that's a loser", Trump said of Ryan, a White House correspondent for American Urban Radio Networks who is African American.

The comments, the latest outbursts in Trump's long history of hostility towards the press, have drawn criticism from civil liberties groups.

Trump didn't say what he means by "respect" - but by the end of the press availability, it was pretty clear that it was for reasons other than security.

On Wednesday, a White House intern tried to take a microphone away from Acosta as he was asking President Trump questions that the president didn't want to answer.

"Denying press passes as a method of retaliation is a violation of the First Amendment".

Fortunately, his press credentials have now been revoked and he should never again be allowed into the White House during the Trump presidency.

Mr Trump appeared ready to walk out as Acosta clung to the microphone and persisted with questions about the president's views on a caravan of Central American migrants making its way to the United States border.

At Friday's Q&A session, Trump also had sharp words for CNN White House correspondent Abby Phillip.

"She doesn't know what the hell she is doing", the president said.

Richard Tofel, the president of ProPublica, tweeted on Friday morning, "What is the plan for when Trump concocts an excuse for vetoing a reporter" from the New York Times or Washington Post? "The way you treat other people is terrible!"

The WHCA called on the White House to "immediately reverse this weak and misguided action". In response, the President called him a "rude, awful person".

"When I stood up, in his response, he tells me to 'sit down, ' in a condescending, very ugly matter", Ryan said.

Ryan isn't the only black female journalist Trump has derided this week. "Baby steps. But she should be forced to resign for that".

On Friday, the president lambasted CNN White House correspondent Abby D. Phillip after she questioned him about special counsel Robert Mueller's Russian Federation probe after the appointment of Matthew Whitaker as acting attorney general.

The White House earlier this week revoked Acosta's access credentials without any indication about if it would be reinstated. Press secretary Sarah Sanders called it "inappropriate behavior". In fact, the Secret Service should have promptly thrown Jim Acosta out of the White House.

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