Keller @ Large: Fallout From Acosta-Trump Confrontation

Pauline Gross
November 10, 2018

In response, Sanders said the White House ban on Acosta's credentials would stand.

"It wasn't doctored", the president said.

As I said yesterday, I have no desire to defend Infowars and don't trust them or their denials, but these were independent experts with different views.

Sanders tweeted a video of the incident to back up her claim.

As of now, Sanders still hasn't removed the video of addressed the accusations that it is doctored.

That was a reference to the intern's efforts to wrest the microphone away from Acosta, which he successfully resisted, and Sanders' tweeted statement was accompanied by a video purporting to show the reporter aggressively swatting the intern's arm away.

She asked one of the day's key questions about newly appointed acting attorney general Matt Whitaker: "Do you want him to rein in Robert Mueller?".

It's clearly the right move, but there's no way Trump would punish his press secretary for smearing a reporter. "You're a very rude person", added Trump.

The two noted how after Acosta asked a series of questions, he started to make statements.

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"Journalists may use a range of approaches to carry out their jobs and the WHCA does not police the tone or frequency of the questions its members ask of powerful senior government officials, including the President", the WHCA said.

While Trump being nasty to reporters isn't new, there's something especially notable about Friday's insults: They were both targeted at African-American women journalists. "And never surprising", CNN said. "I think we deserve that".

"Sit down! I didn't call you", Trump commanded after Ryan tried to ask him about alleged voter suppression in the midterm elections. You know, he gets paid to burst in, he's a very unprofessional guy.

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

On Wednesday, Trump accused Yamiche Alcindor, PBS NewsHour White House correspondent, of asking a "racist question" when she inquired about the public perception that he was "emboldening white nationalists" on the campaign trail. Acosta has been a favorite punching bag of the president, and conservative media, so it will be sad to see these popcorn moments end.

Between Ryan, Phillip and Yamiche Alcindor of PBS' "NewsHour", that makes three black, female reporters that the president dealt with harshly in the past three days.

Separately, he called out Acosta's tense exchanges with Sanders at past press briefings, saying "it's a disgrace", suggesting the retaliation was about more than Wednesday's press conference.

On Friday night, CNN commentator Nina Turner weighed in on President Donald Trump's recent attacks on reporters.

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