Trump Threatens to Retaliate Against Reporters Who Don't

Trump Threatens to Retaliate Against Reporters Who Don't

Trump Threatens to Retaliate Against Reporters Who Don't

Acosta's antics were unprecedented at a presidential news conference. You shouldn't be working for CNN ... "You rudely interrupted him", Trump told her, referring to another reporter.

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". "Unfortunately, or maybe fortunately because you can see for yourself what it is, perception is reality with this president". "But those he listens to. should try to impress on him the danger of confounding loyalty to Donald Trump with loyalty to the constitution and to democracy".

Mr Trump's latest attacks on the media came after his free-wheeling and contentious news conference two days earlier, and followed demands by several journalists and organisations - including the American Society of News Editors, the Associated Press Media Editors and the White House Correspondents Association - that Mr Acosta's press pass be reinstated.

Acosta, whose confrontations often focus on immigration, prolonged their exchange by asking a series of questions about the caravan and President Trump's approach to immigrants.

"You talk about somebody that's a loser; she doesn't know what the hell she's doing", Trump said of Ryan, in an unprompted diatribe. "Jim Acosta has our full support".

Other than President Trump, his press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders has served up the fiercest of the White House's responses to Acosta.

Thursday, during Ryan's appearance, co-host Meghan McCain repeatedly insisted that the press has done just as much, if not more, to divide the country as the president.

A video expert had told The Associated Press that the video appeared doctored to speed up Acosta's arm movement and make his gesture more threatening; the White House used that encounter to justify pulling Acosta's credentials. "If you got to know April as I know her, you would love her too".

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It's rare for the White House to pull the media credentials.

"You've got to treat the White House and the office of the presidency with respect". Acosta stood back up and noted the explosive devices that were recently sent to CNN and some of the president's political opponents. It's a tone that black reporters and scholars of African-American history say particularly stings, given that African-Americans journalists were not allowed into the White House until 1947 - and that the White House press corps remains overwhelmingly white to this day. But in effect, the White House is trying to veto Acosta.

The White House Correspondents' Association called on the White House to "immediately reverse this weak and misguided action". He's also had unkind things to say about women and people who are African-American. "You have to treat the White House with respect".

At one point in the news conference, Jim Acosta of CNN refused to relinquish the microphone and badgered the President with additional questions.

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".

Alcindor moved on to a different topic.

President Donald Trump speaks to the media on the South Lawn of the White House, on Friday, November 9, 2018. Rather, Mason said he saw Acosta holding on to the microphone as the intern reached for it. It was an 87-minute marathon with nearly universally hostile questions from liberal reporters and combative answers from the President. "Such a hostile media, it's so sad", Trump added as Ryan pressed him.

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