Published: Sat, November 10, 2018
Entertaiment | By Lawrence Myers

Trump Says Jim Acosta Video ‘Wasn’t Doctored’

Trump Says Jim Acosta Video ‘Wasn’t Doctored’

Trump also had contentions exchanges with CNN political analyst April Ryan at the Wednesday presser, and on Friday he compared her to Acosta and said other reporters could have their passes revoked.

Trump eventually said to him, after some heated back and forth, "Honestly, I think you should let me run the country, you run CNN, and if you did it well, your ratings would be much better" - before trying to move along to another reporter.

CNN declared that the White House's justification for removing Acosta's access was a "lie".

Regarding how long Acosta will be suspended, Trump said that "as far as I'm concerned, I haven't made that decision". He started off his exchange with the president by saying that he will "challenge" Trump on his description of the migrant caravan.

When NBC reporter Peter Alexander took the mic for the next question, he defended Acosta as a "diligent reporter" - earning Trump's ire.

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After comparing her to Acosta, Trump said, "You talk about somebody that's a loser?"

Some say video shared by press secretary Sarah Sanders on Twitter as justification for revoking Acosta's pass appeared to have been slightly altered when compared the original footage as posted by other news organizations. Said Acosta: "I was just trying to ask a question of the president at this press conference and it was obviously a question they didn't like".

On Friday, President Trump threatened to yank more press passes and called April Ryan a "loser" who "doesn't know what the hell she is doing". Her job is very clearly to undermine journalists whenever it protects her boss.

And CNN has slammed the White House for its actions. He said she was rude for interrupting another reporter, though he did briefly answer one of Ryan's questions. "Nobody manipulated it", said Trump.

And Acosta has been one of the more visible thorns in the side of the White House.

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CNN's Dana Bash tweeted this reaction: "Harvard University will be surprised to hear POTUS call one of their graduates - my friend and colleague Abby Phillip - stupid". I mean, she intentionally disseminated doctored video to discredit a reputable journalist.

This all comes after the suspension of Jim Acosta from his reporting duties at the White House.

Trump, speaking just before leaving for an worldwide gathering in Paris to commemorate World War I, refused to answer Phillip. "You have got to treat the White House and the office of the presidency with respect". Trump on Wednesday accused Alcindor of asking a racist question when she inquired about the president receiving support from some white nationalists.

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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