Trump Rips Apart Reporters One By One, Including Absent Jim Acosta

Marsha Scott
November 11, 2018

On Wednesday, the White House shockingly pulled the credentials of reporter Jim Acosta, after the CNN reporter got into a heated exchange with President Trump during a televised press conference.

White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders accused Acosta of "placing his hands" on the intern, although the video Sanders shared doesn't appear to support this, and the Reuters reporter next to Acosta says he merely saw the reporter hold on to his microphone.

Mr. Acosta has called the accusation a lie.

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

Acosta asked Trump why the caravan of migrants was emphasized as an issue in the just-concluded midterm races, and he questioned Trump's reference to the caravan as an invasion. "And the way you treat other people is disgusting".

Ryan, who has worked as the White House bureau chief for American Urban Reporters Network for more than 20 years, did not immediately respond to a request for comment from The Baltimore Sun. "What a stupid question", he told CNN reporter Abby Phillip after she asked if Trump wants Whitaker to "rein in Mueller".

Ryan, speaking on CNN on Friday, said that the three presidents she covered before Trump "understood that reporters were part of the underpinning of this nation". Trump responded: "Well, I'm not a big fan of yours, either". Other outlets and reporters in the room deserve opportunities to ask their questions too.

"No one manipulated it - give me a break", Trump said.

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Acosta, meanwhile, is in Paris, where Trump will be landing later on Friday. "We strongly reject the idea that any administration would block a journalist's access to the White House".

Trump added that Acosta's treatment of Sanders "is a disgrace".

Sarah Huckabee Sanders later announced that they would be suspending Acosta's press credentials, sharing a video that appeared to show Acosta jerking his arm into the arm of the woman reaching for his mic. "I think it's important journalism institutions like Northwestern defend the press and speak out".

Sanders justified the action by alleging the video shows Acosta assaulting an intern trying to take the microphone away, a claim rejected by Acosta.

Ryan isn't the only black female journalist Trump has derided this week.

As I said yesterday, I have no desire to defend Infowars and don't trust them or their denials, but these were independent experts with different views. In fact, the Secret Service should have promptly thrown Jim Acosta out of the White House.

"You are a rude bad person, you should not be working for CNN", Trump said, further baselessly accusing him of reporting "fake news" and calling him an "enemy of the people".

After Acosta asked about the investigation of Russia's involvement in the 2016 election, Trump tried to turn to Alexander, but Acosta continued to ask questions.

Other reports by MaliBehiribAe

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