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

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

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

"I think Jim Acosta is a very unprofessional man".

Trump tells reporters that the video distributed by White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders was simply a "close up" and "was not doctored".

The two disagreed, however, with the White House's assertion that Acosta somehow "manhandled the intern", an accusation they said made them wonder if the White House was looking to pick a fight.

"Sources with direct knowledge tell Jonathan Swan that since the earliest days of his presidency, Trump has mused about revoking press credentials for reporters who infuriate him", Axios reports.

Mr Acosta asked the president about his reference to migrants travelling towards America as an "invasion". He expressed annoyance at the types of questions that are asked, the way that they are asked, and what reporters have said about him, i.e. their type of coverage. "You talk about somebody that's a loser, she doesn't know what the hell she's doing", Trump said.

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Video used by White House officials to justify revoking the credentials of a CNN reporter was altered before it was shared with the public, an analysis of the video by social media verification service Storyful reveals.

The president also ridiculed CNN White House correspondent Abby Phillip who asked Trump if he wants acting attorney general Matt Whitaker to "rein in" special counsel Robert Mueller. Trump on Wednesday accused Alcindor of asking a racist question when she inquired about the president receiving support from some white nationalists.

Sanders tweeted a video of the incident to back up her claim. It's a very special place.

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

As for Acosta, CNN sent him to Paris to cover Trump's visit to France to make the 100th anniversary of the end of World War I. The trip follows Tuesday's mid-term elections, which ended with Democrats taking power in the House of Representatives and Republicans keeping the majority in the Senate.

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Ryan phoned in to CNN to respond to the President's comments.

Ryan, a Baltimore native, attempted to ask Trump a question about voter suppression at a news conference. "That's not doctoring", Trump said, also telling the press, "Nobody manipulated it, give me a break". She knows it. These are dark times and not only because of the pack of lying liars in charge.

"The question is: Did the reporter make contact or not?"

"Jim Acosta clearly never touched that White House intern". "Unfortunately, or maybe fortunately because you can see for yourself what it is, perception is reality with this president".

That statement was contradicted by witnesses and video that showed an intern trying to grab a mic from his hand as he pulled it away from her, saying, "Pardon me, ma'am".

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