Trump Says Jim Acosta Video ‘Wasn’t Doctored’

Trump Says Jim Acosta Video ‘Wasn’t Doctored’

Looking back at Mr Acosta, who again rose up in his own defense, Mr Trump added: "When you report fake news, which CNN does a lot, you are the enemy of the people".

Initially, the White House said Acosta placed his hands on an intern who attempted to take a microphone away from him.

Trump has harshly criticized journalists across the board this week - he called Acosta a "rude, awful person" and said he was not smart, and he also mocked foreign reporters for their accents.

When Acosta challenged the president on his use of the word "invasion" to describe a caravan of mainly Honduran migrants and asylum seekers heading to the United States border, Trump launched an attack on the CNN journalist, as an aide tried to physically remove the microphone from Acosta's hands.

During a morning media availability, a reporter asked Trump how long he was going to leave CNN reporter Jim Acosta in the "penalty box".

"You should let me run the country", Trump said. The tense exchange between President Trump and Acosta is hard and embarrassing to watch-not because the video has been "doctored" as some are now claiming but because both men demonstrate utter contempt and disrespect for their respective roles as they shamelessly peacock for ratings. Said Acosta: "I was just trying to ask a question of the president at this press conference and it was obviously a question they didn't like".

While Trump called the reporter who asked about the video "dishonest", that was mild compared to his treatment of April Ryan, a White House correspondent for American Urban Radio Networks, and CNN's Abby Phillip.

"She provided fraudulent accusations and cited an incident that never happened", the network said. Just as ravenously, Trump supporters want the president to take the media to the mat. Why might other journalists in the room react that way, and why did Fox News's Chris Wallace say that Acosta had "embarrassed himself" on Wednesday?

Goodbye humans, China gets a virtual TV news anchor
News reports are fed into the system uninterrupted, meaning these newsreaders could theoretically operate 24-7. It's very flat, very single-paced, it's not got rhythm, pace or emphasis. "We will see it improve over time".

"What a stupid question that is, what a stupid question".

Ryan, who is also a CNN contributor, tweeted in response: "I love this country and have the most respect for the Office of the President. But I watch you a lot and you ask a lot of stupid questions".

Conway said Acosta should not have swiped at the White House aide before "grabbing the microphone back". "And the way you treat other people is disgusting".

Trump responded the the allegations Friday, saying, "It wasn't doctored".

During the news conference, Trump also turned on reporter Yamiche Alcindor of PBS' "NewsHour".

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

Despite losing his White House pass, Acosta is expected to travel to Paris this weekend to cover Trump's trip to meet with world leaders.

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

Related Articles