Trump insults reporters, claims Acosta video wasn't altered

US President Donald Trump points to journalist Jim Acosta from CNN during a post-election press conference in the East Room of the White House in Washington DC

US President Donald Trump points to journalist Jim Acosta from CNN during a post-election press conference in the East Room of the White House in Washington DC

On Friday the Boston Globe's editorial board called for a White House press walkout.

Trump spokeswoman Sarah Huckabee Sanders claims he put his hands on a young intern as he tried to prevent her from taking back the microphone, an assertion Acosta calls a "lie". "The way you treat Sarah Huckabee is frightful", he said, referring to his press secretary. "You run CNN, and if you did it well, your ratings would be higher", Trump said. "They gave a close-up view". "Nobody manipulated it", said Trump.

The mainstream media for days has been claiming, "without evidence,"* that a clip of CNN's Jim Acosta tangling with a 98-pound White House intern was somehow "doctored". Stephen Colbert said on Thursday night's "The Late Show".

One video that is circulating widely appears to have doctored Mr Acosta's movements. When Acosta tried to follow up with another question, Trump said, "That's enough!" and a female White House aide unsuccessfully tried to grab the microphone from Acosta.

Acosta asked very few actual questions during his exchange with Trump. "Sanders lied", the network said in a statement.

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. "To be honest. You aren't the best", he hit back. "But I watch you a lot and you ask a lot of stupid questions", Trump said, jabbing his finger at her before turning and walking away. "I mean, you talk about somebody that's a loser, she doesn't know what the hell she's doing".

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"Honestly, I think you should let me run the country".

CNN Vice President of Communications and Digital Partnership Matt Dornic said it was "absolutely shameful" that Sanders had released a "doctored" video. "Surely", he wrote, "we must realize that if it works with CNN, this will just be the first time, and not the last". 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. In fact, she asked the most pertinent question of the day. "This president seems not to like it, so therefore I'm a loser".

Ari Fleischer (shown above left) rebuked CNN's Jim Acosta for his behavior during Wednesday's contentious briefing with President Donald Trump, saying that he "cannot defend" Acosta because he is not a "fair and neutral questioner".

CNN's other White House reporters and producers have been unaffected by the action against Acosta. But he said there could be others. This is a very special place.

Phillip and Ryan are two of a small number of African American women who cover the White House.

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