Published: Fri, November 09, 2018
Global News | By Blake Casey

White House Spreads Doctored Video To Justify Temper Tantrum Against CNN Reporter

White House Spreads Doctored Video To Justify Temper Tantrum Against CNN Reporter

The president and the reporter sparred at a press briefing Wednesday, culminating with a White House intern trying to pull the microphone away from Mr Acosta.

When Trump moved on to NBC's Peter Alexander, the reporter defended Acosta, calling the president's description of him "unfair".

Trump called him a "rude, bad person" before Acosta was seen refusing to give his mic to a young woman. He was trying to reenter the White House grounds for a live shot on "Anderson Cooper 360" when he was stopped by Secret Service officers.

Reporters don't get routine access to the Prime Minister's Office, but media credentials to access Parliament Hill are managed by the National Press Gallery, not the PMO.

After asking a follow up question, Acosta let go of the mic.

Trump responded: "CNN should be ashamed of itself having you working for them".

The White House had not commented on the video at the time of writing. A White House intern tried to step in and take the mic from Acosta, but when he held onto it, she backed away.

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The International Relations Department says they have since been released, but details of exactly what transpired are still unclear.

"The question is: did the reporter make contact or not?" While President Trump has made it clear he does not respect a free press, he has sworn obligation to protect it.

"I was seated next to ⁦Acosta⁩ at today's press conference and did not witness him "placing his hands" on the young intern, as the White House alleges", Reuters correspondent Jeff Mason wrote on Twitter.

"Secretary Sanders lied", CNN said in a statement, saying the press pass suspension was "done in retaliation for challenging questions". "Jim Acosta has our full support". She said that "on the campaign trail, you called yourself a nationalist". During the George W. Bush presidency, Trude Feldman, who worked for various news outlets, was suspended for 90 days after security cameras recorded her looking through a press aide's desk late one night.

The response to Sanders, who constantly echoes the president's "fake news" claims, apparently using an inaccurate video to ban a member of the press led to her tweet being heavily criticized. "That's enough. Put down the mic", Trump said. They are not only unsafe, the are disturbingly un-American. CNN stood with us [when Barack Obama declared war on Fox] ...

"What you said is so insulting to me", he said.

Trump also shut down American Urban Radio Networks' April Ryan. "I've never seen a president do anything like that".

Tuesday's USA midterm election resulted in Trump's Republicans strengthening their grip on the Senate. He called reporters rude, hostile, unfair.

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