Wednesday, 14 November, 2018

White House suspends CNN's Jim Acosta

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 White House suspends CNN's Jim Acosta
Lora Ball | 10 November, 2018, 01:18

White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders has been accused of "doctoring" the footage of the incident between CNN's Jim Acosta, who has had his White House pass revoked, and a female intern.

"I don't think he's a smart person, but he's got a loud voice", Trump said.

"I think Jim Acosta is a very unprofessional man-he does this with everybody".

Abba Shapiro did a side-by-side and frame-by-frame analysis of AP's video from President Donald Trump's contentious news conference Wednesday and the version spread on Twitter by Trump press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders.

Acosta also called Sanders' statement "a lie", but the White House stood by the charge, and Trump on Friday denied the video Sanders released - which reportedly was created by a contributor to the wingnut website InfoWars - had been doctored.

Regarding how long Acosta will be suspended, Trump said that "as far as I'm concerned, I haven't made that decision".

The encounter with Mr. Acosta came during a testy exchange with Mr. Trump over a caravan of illegal migrants from Central America. Instead, Acosta continued with a second question about the Russian investigation, which Trump shrugged off with another curt answer. "She gets publicity and then she gets a pay raise". "You have got to treat the White House and the office of the presidency with respect".

Trump also told April Ryan of the Urban National Radio Network to "sit down" and wait her turn. Furthermore, during his press conferences, the president has a right to tell a reporter that his turn is up and that he is moving on to another person.

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"In Jim's defense, I've traveled with him and watched him, he's a diligent reporter who busts his butt like the rest of us", Alexander said.

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

During a brief media availability outside the White House, the president gave more fodder to fans who enjoy watching him scrap with journalists. "When you are in the White House, this is a very sacred place to me, a very special place". Other mainstream outlets have defended Acosta.

Acosta responded by calling Sanders a liar. Sanders shared a doctored video to support their actions.

White House counselor Kellyanne Conway told "Fox and Friends" on November 8 "The reporter from NBC was already standing, getting ready to ask his question, and she was just doing her job, which was to reclaim the microphone that belongs to the federal government".

CNN said in a statement that Acosta has the network's full support.

"But that is not the job of White House reporters. Revoking access to the White House complex is a reaction out of line to the purported offense and is unacceptable".

After Friday morning's Q&A session, Ryan called into CNN and said she shook off his insults.

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