Trump insults reporters, claims video of CNN's Jim Acosta wasn't altered

A White House staff member reaches for the microphone held by CNN's Jim Acosta as he questions U.S. President Donald Trump during a news conference in Washington U.S

A White House staff member reaches for the microphone held by CNN's Jim Acosta as he questions U.S. President Donald Trump during a news conference in Washington U.S

At a Wednesday press conference where Trump made the rare appearance before both reporters and cameras, the president started a heated exchange with CNN's Jim Acosta, interrupting him, insulting him, and refusing to answer his questions, before a White House intern tried to take away Acosta's mic.

"You are a rude bad person, you should not be working for CNN", Trump said, further baselessly accusing him of reporting "fake news" and calling him an "enemy of the people".

When asked by a reporter on Friday "how long" he was "going to keep Jim Acosta in the penalty box", Trump replied, "I think Jim Acosta is a very unprofessional man".

The White House Correspondents' Association said it "strongly objects to the Trump administration's decision to use U.S. Secret Service security credentials as a tool to punish a reporter with whom it has a hard relationship". Acosta chose to ask Trump why he seemingly "demonized" the immigrants traveling to the American border at the moment.

"It would be a good thing if you were to state right here, at this briefing, that the press-the people who are gathered in this room right now, doing their jobs every day, asking questions of officials like the ones you brought forward earlier-are not the enemy of the people", Mr. Acosta said in his newscaster's baritone. Two battled until Trump called him "a rude, bad person" and said, "CNN should be ashamed of itself". But pulling the credentials of a White House reporter over nothing more than a personal grievance from the president is entirely unprecedented, even in Donald Trump's administration.

In his press availability, Trump also went after April Ryan, a reporter for American Urban Radio Networks, as someone who did not show respect.

"President Trump believes in a free press and expects and welcomes tough questions of him and his Administration", Sanders wrote in a series of tweets.

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Sanders hasn't said where the video she posted comes from.

CNN said Sanders' explanation a lie. "He gets paid to do that", Trump said. "When you're in the White House, this is a very sacred place to me", Trump insisted.

"What a stupid question that is", Trump said. "She intentionally disseminated doctored video footage to discredit a reputable journalist". The newspaper said that if Sanders was so offended by physical contact, "what did she have to say when her boss praised as "my kind of guy" Rep. Greg Gianforte of Montana, who was sentenced to anger management classes and community service for body-slamming a Guardian reporter last spring?"

The New York Times also noted that Acosta's monologues have led "some of his rival White House reporters" to roll their eyes.

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

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

Ryan, a Baltimore native, attempted to ask Trump a question about voter suppression at a news conference.

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