Trump threatens to revoke more White House press passes after Acosta

A White House aide reached for the microphone from CNN’s Jim Acosta

And they come just days after Trump's post-election press conference in which he attacked PBS News Hour's Yamiche Alcindor, another woman reporter of color, calling her perfectly reasonable question about Trump and white nationalists "racist".

Trump went off on Acosta following a reporter's question about how much longer Acosta would be without a "hard pass" giving him speedy entry to the White House grounds. On Wednesday, the Trump administration suspended Acosta's press credentials after he refused to give up the mic, physically pushing off a young female aide who, doing her job, was trying to grab the mic from him after he asked three questions. Acosta then insisted the caravan of Central American immigrants "is not an invasion" and pressed Trump on his use of that word. When asked by a reporter if he wanted Acting Attorney General Matt Whitaker to "rein in Robert Mueller", Trump said, "What a stupid question that is". "You run CNN, and if you did it well, your ratings would be higher", Mr Trump said.

While leaving the White House on Friday for a trip to France, the president said other journalists might be in jeopardy of losing their credentials.

Trump said "that's enough!" and a White House intern tried in vain to take the microphone from the CNN journalist.

"You talk about someone who's a loser", Trump said of Ryan, a reporter for American Urban Radio Networks and a contributor to CNN. "The White House should immediately reinstate Jim Acosta's press pass, and refrain from punishing reporters by revoking their access - that's not how a free press works".

Abba Shapiro, an independent video producer hired by The Associated Press to compare the footage tweeted by Shapiro with the AP's coverage of the news conference, said the adjustment made was "too precise to be an accident". "He's a very unprofessional guy", Trump said.

Kathy Griffin, President Trump, April Ryan.

Ryan, a Baltimore native, attempted to ask Trump a question about voter suppression at a news conference. I mean, she intentionally disseminated doctored video to discredit a reputable journalist.

The president said he had not decided if Acosta's pass would be reinstated and he suggested there "could be others" who lose their credentials. "It is also completely disrespectful to the reporter's colleagues not to allow them an opportunity to ask a question", Sanders also wrote.

White House counselor Kellyanne Conway told "Fox and Friends" on November 8 "The reporter from NBC was already standing, getting ready to ask his question, and she was just doing her job, which was to reclaim the microphone that belongs to the federal government". "You have to treat the presidency with respect", he said.



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