Trump says more reporters may lose White House credentials

Trump told Acosta to sit down and demanded someone take away his microphone. Image AFPMore

Trump told Acosta to sit down and demanded someone take away his microphone. Image AFPMore

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

"This is a lie", Acosta responded.

White House press secretary Sarah Sanders tweeted the video, which shows Acosta asking President Donald Trump a question on Wednesday as the intern tries to take his microphone away.

During the exchange, Trump called Acosta a "rude, bad person" because the reporter refused to sit down after asking the president about a racist anti-immigration ad he promoted ahead of Tuesday's midterm elections.

The White House has refused to back down after revoking CNN reporter Jim Acosta's access despite a backlash from the journalist community and claims that the video of the argument had been altered.

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During a morning media availability, a reporter asked Trump how long he was going to leave CNN reporter Jim Acosta in the "penalty box".

"As visual journalists, we know that manipulating images is manipulating truth", said Whitney Shefte, the association's president.

Trump repeatedly told Ryan to sit down, and he complained that a query by Alcindor was a "racist question".

Coming the day after Trump's party suffered significant losses in Tuesday's midterm elections, the action sent a signal to other journalists that the President was willing to do what has nearly never been done by his predecessors in modern times: blacklist a mainstream journalist from coverage at the White House. "You shouldn't be working for CNN", he said.

Chuck Ross of The Daily Caller, a website that harshly criticizes CNN, stood up for Acosta. "Ask tough questions, avoid making statements or arguing during a press event and report the news, don't become the news". She gets publicity and then she gets a pay raise or a contract with, I think, CNN. "The video is clear, he did", she said in a statement.

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Trump added: "I don't think he's a smart person, but he's got a loud voice".

"There are embarrassingly few black and hispanic reporters in the WH press corps and four have been personally insulted by the President this week", he wrote.

Acosta persisted, saying: "They are hundreds of miles away. What a stupid question, and I watch you a lot, and you ask a lot of stupid questions".

When NBC reporter Peter Alexander took the mic for the next question, he defended Acosta as a "diligent reporter" - earning Trump's ire.

In Mr Sessions' place is a Trump loyalist who has written in criticism of the special counsel investigation of the president and his campaign's ties to Russian Federation.

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