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Trump insults reporters, claims Acosta video wasn't altered

Trump insults reporters, claims Acosta video wasn't altered

During a brief media availability outside the White House, the president gave more fodder to fans who enjoy watching him scrap with journalists.

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.

Trump has frequently attacked the media, including during his presidential campaign.

Abba Shapiro, an independent video producer who examined the Wednesday footage at AP's request, noticed that frames in the tweeted video of the exchange at the news conference were frozen to slow down the action, allowing it to run the same length as the AP one.

Video clips also showed an unnamed female White House intern unsuccessfully attempting to reclaim the microphone from Acosta. (She asked whether describing himself as a "nationalist" on the campaign trail emboldened white nationalists.) And while talking with reporters today, Trump went after Phillip, who asked whether he wanted acting Attorney General Matt Whitaker "to rein in Robert Mueller" in regards to the Russian Federation probe.

The New York Times editorialized in favour of restoring Acosta's pass, saying it signalled Trump's view that asking hard questions disqualifies reporters from attending briefings.

"What a stupid question that is, what a stupid question". While the president insults many journalists, these critics say his barbs targeting women and people of color feel especially sharp, and hit at the reporter's basic intelligence and competence as a person. You know, he gets paid to burst in.

"He has the mic in the one hand and he pulls his arm down on the woman's arm and you can see it go down, so he's obviously provoking a physical confrontation", he said. She gets publicity and then she gets a pay raise. But she's very nasty.

Ryan became a CNN contributor past year.

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.

"At the end of the day it was part of the American process, it was part of what our Founding Fathers put in place for the accountability of the president of the United States", she said. Jim also took home some advice from Mr. President who seemed to be in a very bad mood during session. Acosta, a confrontational reporter known to challenge the president, had pushed back against previous remarks that a caravan of migrants from Central America making its way toward the US was an "invasion".

President Donald Trump has made no secret of his contempt for reporters, whom he calls "fake news" and "enemy of the American people". But he said there could be others. The White House News Photographers Association, among others, said it was appalled by Sanders's video.

Trump responded to those criticisms by incorrectly claiming that the special counsel Mueller had never been confirmed.

And so the White House - there's a level of decorum that needs to happen in that room; he's not following it. All sense of media respect for the office of the President is gone, there is now pure hatred.

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

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

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