Trump insults reporters, claims Acosta video wasn’t altered

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

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

After increasingly heated back-and-forth between the men, Trump told Acosta "you should let me run the country, you run CNN", and cut off his questions.

"The View" hosts clashed while discussing the Acosta controversy over whether he committed assault when he refused to hand over the microphone to a White House intern to allow other reporters to ask questions - as he continued to ask questions.

Trump said he hadn't made a decision when asked by a reporter how long Acosta would remain in the "penalty box".

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 U.S. border.

When NBC reporter Peter Alexander took the mic for the next question, he defended Mr Acosta as a "diligent reporter" - earning Mr Trump's ire.

"The same thing with April Ryan, I watch her get up, I mean, you talk about somebody that's a loser, she doesn't know what the hell she's doing", Trump said. You have to treat the White House with respect, you have to treat the presidency with respect. "You've got to treat the White House and the presidency with respect". It doesn't help that I'm from a smaller news network, American Urban Radio Networks. Trump on Wednesday accused Alcindor of asking a racist question when she inquired about the president receiving support from some white nationalists.

"She's very nasty, and she shouldn't be", he added. Why might other journalists in the room react that way, and why did Fox News's Chris Wallace say that Acosta had "embarrassed himself" on Wednesday?

- Rafael Shimunov (@rafaelshimunov) November 8, 2018Correction: the white house --uploaded a doctored video-- there is no evidence that they are the source of the doctored video.

I don't remember any "without evidence" headlines in the media when Obama was pushing ObamaCare and telling the American people in speech after speech that they would be able to keep their doctors and health insurance, do you?

O'Reilly said Acosta interjected an accusatory tone and his own opinions in questioning the president in an attempt to make the president look bad.

Acosta and CNN responded by refuting the claim that he placed his hands on the staffer, using photo evidence as proof.

On Friday, Trump said of Acosta, "He was not nice to that young woman".

A number of prominent journalism advocacy groups have come to Acosta's defense and called for an immediate restoration of his press pass.

Sanders tweeted an edited video of a C-SPAN recording which, she wrote, clearly documents the inappropriate behavior. "The video is clear, he did", the statement said.

The attack on Ryan was unprovoked, although the president had appeared upset at Wednesday's news conference when Ryan stood up and asked him, without a microphone, about voter suppression in the midterm elections. "To be honest. You aren't the best", he said.

"But that is not the job of White House reporters".

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