President Trump says more White House reporters could have credentials revoked

President Trump says more White House reporters could have credentials revoked

US President Donald Trump (R) gets into a heated exchange with CNN chief White House correspondent Jim Acosta (C) as NBC correspondent Peter Alexander (L) looks on during a post-election press conference in the East Room of the White House in Washington, DC on November 7, 2018.

President Donald Trump commented on CNN reporter Jim Acosta, who broached White House etiquette on November 8, when he refused to give up a microphone after asking four questions and touching a female White House intern.

Acosta, who's a frequent target of the president, had his press pass revoked late Wednesday after being accused of "placing his hands" on an intern who was trying to take a microphone away from him.

Asked how long Acosta will be denied the credential allowing him to work inside the White House, Trump said he had not decided and seemed to indicate that the extremely unusual sanction could be applied to more journalists.

Mr Trump appeared ready to walk out as Acosta clung to the microphone and persisted with questions about the president's views on a caravan of Central American migrants making its way to the U.S. border.

When Acosta tried to ask further questions, Trump became angry, demanding that the reporter sit down and give up the microphone.

This time, Trump called Ryan "nasty" and a "loser who "doesn't know what the hell she is doing".

Several journalists and organisations, including the American Society of News Editors, the Associated Press Media Editors and the Online News Association, have demanded that the White House reinstate Acosta's press pass.

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".

Unprompted, Trump brought up April Ryan, the White House correspondent for American Urban Radio Networks, who doubles as a CNN analyst. While the president insults many journalists, these critics say his barbs targeting women and people of color feel especially sharp, and hit at the reporter's basic intelligence and competence as a person. Trump responded: "Well, I'm not a big fan of yours, either". "I've traveled with him and watched him", Alexander said.

Despite losing his White House pass, Mr Acosta travelled to Paris to cover Mr Trump's trip to meet world leaders. The White House announced later that Acosta's credentials had been revoked.

The same three still frames are repeated in the zoomed-in clips of the incident in the Sanders video, its report adds.

Since Sanders shared the video, #FireSanders has started to pick up steam on Twitter.

But when Trump denigrates black women, he's sending the message that he doesn't see us equally.

On Wednesday, Trump scolded Alcindor for asking a "racist question".

As I said yesterday, I have no desire to defend Infowars and don't trust them or their denials, but these were independent experts with different views.

At Friday's Q&A session, Trump also had sharp words for CNN White House correspondent Abby Phillip.

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