President Trump says more White House reporters could have credentials revoked

Jim Acosta

President Donald Trump gets into an exchange with CNN reporter Jim Acosta during a news conference a day after the midterm elections in the East Room of the White House in Washington, on November 7, 2018.

"She gets publicity and then she gets a pay raise, or she gets a contract with - I think CNN - but she's very nasty, and she shouldn't be", Trump said of Ryan, a 21-year veteran White House reporter.

An independent video producer tells The Associated Press a video tweeted by the White House on an interaction between CNN reporter Jim Acosta and a White House intern appears to have been manipulated to make the reporter's actions look more aggressive.

In a statement, White House spokeswoman Sarah Sanders called Acosta's behavior "absolutely unacceptable" and said his White House press pass would be suspended "until further notice".

The White House Correspondents Association also condemned the action to revoke Acosta's credentials.

The heated exchange began after Acosta clung to the microphone and persisted with questions about the president's repeated and angry denunciation of a caravan of poor Central American migrants making their way through Mexico to the USA border.

When NBC reporter Peter Alexander took the mic for the next question, he defended Acosta as a "diligent reporter" - earning Trump's ire. You know, he gets paid to burst in, he's a very unprofessional guy.

So, it was understandable when the media and people around the world demanded an explanation for why Acosta was being barred from the White House and the obvious repercussions it could have for freedom of the press, government transparency and our democracy itself. You shouldn't treat people that way...

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"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. "When he says to the president of the United States in the middle of a news conference, 'It's not an invasion, ' that's his opinion".

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

Acosta has served as a White House correspondent for CNN since 2013 when he covered the Obama administration.

Sanders said the White House will "stand by our statement" that Acosta made contact with the White House aide. Sanders shared a doctored video to support their actions.

A frame-by-frame comparison of the video shows that Sander's clip has been edited to speed up Acosta's arm movement as he touches the woman's arm. "I do think that they're trying to shut us down to some extent, inside the White House press corps". "Whether it was me, or Ronald Reagan or anybody else, he would have done the same thing", the president said.

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

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

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