Trump lashes out at a CNN reporter, calls him a "terrible person"

Charlene Craig
November 14, 2018

CNN sued the Trump administration Tuesday, demanding that correspondent Jim Acosta's credentials to cover the White House be returned because their revocation violates the constitutional right of freedom of the press.

President Trump insulted three reporters affiliated with CNN on Friday, and said the White House may continue to take press passes away from members of the media.

White House counselor Kellyanne Conway asserted Sunday that a "sped-up" video is not the same as an "altered" video, while defending the White House's use of an altered video of a hand motion made by CNN reporter Jim Acosta in order to justify suspending his press pass.

There was no immediate comment from the administration.

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He also said he was "not a great fan" of Trump's.

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Because the White House briefing room isn't the appropriate place to deliver commentary in the form of questions.

Trump, she said, doesn't seem to appreciate that.

Ms Sanders went on to share a clip that appears identical to one published by cable network C-SPAN, writing: "We stand by our decision to revoke this individual's hard pass".

"You talk about somebody that's a loser, she doesn't know what the hell she's doing", Trump said.

"This is that White House intern who tried to grab the mic from Jim- no, you can not just take my pencil".

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. When Alcindor asked Trump about Republicans and white nationalists, he called her query "a racist question".

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During a brief media availability outside the White House, the president gave more fodder to fans who enjoy watching him scrap with journalists. She said on the network that the three presidents she covered prior to Trump may not have liked every question she asked, but understood why she did so.

Instead of answering the question, Trump said, "What a stupid question you asked". Rather, he said he saw him holding on to the microphone as she reached for it.

Trump has made CNN and its reporters a particular target of his denunciation of "fake news" and characterization of the media as an enemy of the people.

Acosta's press pass was revoked after he had an exchange with Trump during a press conference on November 7 and refused to surrender his mic to an intern, blocking her with his arm.

Trump told Acosta at the news conference that "CNN should be ashamed of itself, having you work for them". Is that something that happens frequently among the White House correspondents? When he suggested she didn't have courage, she came back with a stinging message. "As visual journalists, we know that manipulating images is manipulating truth", said Whitney Shefte, president of the the White House News Photographers Association.

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