White House defends decision to revoke access of CNN's Jim Acosta

Ruben Ruiz
November 10, 2018

During the tense exchange, Trump told Acosta, "Honestly I think you should let me run the country, you run CNN and if you did it well, your ratings would be much higher".

But White House press secretary Sarah Sanders tweeted out a particular video, which apparently had been doctored to appear worse - showing Acosta swatting away the intern when she tried to take his microphone away.

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Trump also complained about Acosta, whose press credentials were revoked after the journalist challenged him on his past comments about immigrants and attempted to ask him a question about the Russian investigation Wednesday. "If you got to know April as I know her, you would love her too".

"President Trump believes in a free press and expects and welcomes tough questions of him and his Administration", Sanders said in her statement.

Trump also criticized CNN contributor April Ryan. Later, via Twitter, she said that she has interviewed white nationalists who say they are more excited by Trump than they have been about other presidents.

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".

The president said he had not decided if Acosta's pass would be reinstated and he suggested there "could be others" who lose their credentials.

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That night, Sander affirmed the decision to bar Acosta, posted a video of the incident, and said "we will not tolerate the inappropriate behavior clearly documented in this video".

Earlier this week Trump snapped at another African American woman, Yamiche Alcindor of PBS, and accused her of asking a "racist question".

The White House is standing its ground, and, in a statement on Thursday, Sanders said that she stands by her previous position.

"No one manipulated it - give me a break", Trump said.

On Friday, Trump said of Acosta, "He was not nice to that young woman". Phillip asked of the special counsel's Russian Federation investigation. "But I watch you a lot, you ask a lot of stupid questions". Every time a member of the media behaves like Acosta, they're not only damaging the media's credibility; they're playing into Trump's hands. The way you treat other people is terrible.

In between his calls for "respect", Trump called Acosta "unprofessional" and disparaged the reporter's intelligence.

During the news conference, Trump also turned on reporter Yamiche Alcindor of PBS' "NewsHour". Its position has been supported by witnesses, including Reuters White House correspondent Jeff Mason, who was next to Acosta during the news conference and tweeted that he did not see Acosta place his hands on the White House employee.

The CNN reporter Acosta said: "But your campaign had an ad showing migrants climbing over walls".

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