Trump slams 'stupid question' from female reporter, calls April Ryan a 'loser'

President Donald Trump speaks during a news conference in the East Room at the White House in Washington Wednesday Nov. 7 2018

President Donald Trump speaks during a news conference in the East Room at the White House in Washington Wednesday Nov. 7 2018

"First of all, thank you for being kind enough to understand that those words are bad for a sitting United States President versus someone who's been covering presidents from before him and will probably after he leaves" Ryan said. Trump said of the incident Friday that Acosta "was not nice to that young woman".

"The irony of this White House video involving Jim Acosta is that if it is found to be doctored, it will show the administration to be doing what it accuses the news media of doing - engaging in fake information", said Aly Colon, a professor in journalism ethics at Washington & Lee University.

Trump also called out Acosta for his well-documented and theatrical spats with Sanders during the normal course of press briefings. Acosta was trying to ask the president a question when Trump moved on to the next journalist and an intern tried to take away the microphone from Acosta, who continued talking.

Nearly immediately, there has been a major backlash for Sanders to resign in the wake of sharing the video, which was created by the widely discredited alt-right site InfoWars. The video proved otherwise.

"That's such a racist question", Trump responded.

Despite losing his White House pass, Acosta traveled to Paris this weekend to cover President Trump's trip to meet with world leaders. He should be either going forward, a campaign strategist, a campaign spokesperson on the Democratic side, or perhaps an opinion host in CNN prime time, or a pundit, because that is what Jim Acosta really is.

"Sources with direct knowledge tell Jonathan Swan that since the earliest days of his presidency, Trump has mused about revoking press credentials for reporters who infuriate him", Axios reports. Acosta joined a room of other journalists in questioning the president after the mid-term elections, and the topic of immigration came up. Is this the new norm for the White House press corps?

Other social media users are sharing one of Mr Trump's tweets from 2013 where he criticises the "intimidation of its reporters". "We will not tolerate the inappropriate behavior", she wrote on Twitter. "We strongly reject the idea that any administration would block a journalist's access to the White House".

Trump: "The same thing with April Ryan..." Trump said in response that it was a "stupid question", and added that he "watches" her a lot, and knows she has made a habit of asking stupid questions.

CNN's Dana Bash tweeted this reaction: "Harvard University will be surprised to hear POTUS call one of their graduates - my friend and colleague Abby Phillip - stupid".

In fact, Phillip's question was not stupid - it was incredibly relevant as Matt Whitaker, who just took over as interim AG following the forced resignation of Jeff Sessions, has been highly critical of the Mueller investigation.

This week, he hit a trifecta, singling out three African-American women who are journalists. "And this President doesn't like that, so I'm a loser?" she asked incredulously.

A few moments later, Alcindor asked Trump about his recent characterization of himself as "a nationalist" and whether that label was "emboldening white nationalists". The news outlet was under fire for a series of reports on the alleged Trump-Russia ties.

Acosta learned his pass had been revoked as he attempted to enter White House grounds for a live broadcast on Wednesday evening.

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