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

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".

"What do you mean by edited or - as others are saying - "doctored" video?"

Despite losing his White House pass, and the ability to travel with Trump and the rest of the press corps on Air Force One, Acosta went to Paris to cover Trump's meeting with world leaders this weekend.

The US administration revoked Mr Acosta's access last week following President Donald Trump's controversial post-election news conference, where Mr Acosta refused to give up a microphone when the president said he did not want to hear anything more from him. 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.

The White House Correspondents' Association backed the lawsuit, filed in Washington, D.C., district court.

"So I have to disagree with the, I think, overwrought description of this video being doctored as if we put somebody else's arm in there", she added.

"He's unprofessional, it's outrageous, it's insulting", he said of Acosta.

Update 10:35 am ET: President Trump told reporters on Friday that the clip distributed by the White House looked different from the original because it was "a close-up" and "not doctored".

The President called the reporter "a rude, bad person" as he refused to answer his questions, and an intern tried to take Acosta's microphone away. The beginning of the clip has extra frames that would be indicative of an adjustment to slow the clip down, and then the actual moment of the incident is sped up to make Acosta's actions look more aggressive than they actually were.

On another matter, the president called Acosta's exchanges with press secretary Sarah Sanders disgraceful.

Because the White House briefing room isn't the appropriate place to deliver commentary in the form of questions. "As a result of today's incident, the White House is suspending the hard pass of the reporter involved until further notice". Trump added, "The way you treat Sarah Huckabee is disgusting".

Yet a CNN spokesperson would not say that it was going ahead with any legal action against the Trump administration, telling The Hill that "no decisions have been made".

During the George W. Bush presidency, Trude Feldman, who worked for various news outlets, was suspended for 90 days after security cameras recorded her looking through a press aide's desk late one night. Critics have accused Trump of placing an ally who will try to muzzle special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation. "You ask a lot of stupid questions", he said, shaking a finger at the journalist, then walking away. By allowing so many questions and showcasing this behavior to the American people, the President completely exposed the media's agenda.

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