Trump Says Jim Acosta Video ‘Wasn’t Doctored’

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

Looking back at Acosta, who again rose up in his own defence, Trump added: "When you report fake news, which CNN does a lot, you are the enemy of the people".

"I think Jim Acosta is a very unprofessional man".

But White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders claimed that Acosta had "placed his hands" on an intern who had attempted to take the microphone away from him.

Regarding how long Acosta will be suspended, Trump said that "as far as I'm concerned, I haven't made that decision". Instead, Acosta continued with a second question about the Russian investigation, which Trump shrugged off with another curt answer.

"I watch her get up", he said Friday.

President Donald Trump clashed with CNN journalist Jim Acosta during a news conference in the East Room of the White House. "You have got to treat the White House and the office of the presidency with respect".

Next on the docket was American Urban Radio Networks reporter April Ryan - a "loser", according to the president.

Ryan tried asking Trump a question at his Wednesday press conference, but Trump told her repeatedly to "sit down" and scolded her for "rudely interrupting".

Shapiro says that when Acosta's hand touches the intern's arm as she reaches for his microphone, the action speeds up in the apparently altered video to accentuate his movement.

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

"I'll tell you what, CNN should be ashamed of itself having you working for them. I can not defend Jim Acosta", Fleischer added.

Sanders "provided fraudulent accusations and cited an incident that never happened", the USA cable network said. PS: J immy Kimmel called for Sanders to be fired.

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

As John Sexton Hot Air points out, the virtually indecipherable difference seen in a side by side comparison of the so-called "doctored" tape and the original video is likely "the result of frame rate adjustment that happens whenever a video is converted from one format to another".

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

White House counselor Kellyanne Conway defended the White House's decision on Fox News, saying, "There are journalists here at the White House in the White House press corps who every single day try to do their job by getting the story". "Jim Acosta has our full support", the CNN communications department said in a statement posted to Twitter on Wednesday. CNN released a statement via Twitter, as did The White House Correspondents' Association. "To be honest. You aren't the best", he said.

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