NEW YORK (AP) – Before boarding a plane to Paris on Friday, President Trump insulted several other reporters and threatened others to let their White House testimony like CNN's Jim Acosta drag Acosta's meeting with a White House intern.
During brief media coverage in front of the White House, the president gave fans more food that they like to scrap with journalists.
Trump said, "Nobody manipulates" a video that was distributed by Sarah Sanders, White House Press Secretary. It showed that Acosta contradicted the attempt of an intern to take a microphone from him during a press conference on Friday. A video expert told The Associated Press that the video was a doctoral degree in order to accelerate Acosta's arm movement and make his gesture more threatening. The White House used this encounter to justify the crediting of Acosta.
"It was not treated," said the president. "You gave a close-up view, this is not a doctor."
Abba Shapiro, an independent video producer commissioned by The Associated Press to compare Shapiro's tweeted material with the AP's coverage of the press conference, said the change was "too precise to be an accident" ,
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Two late-night comics, Stephen Colbert and Jimmy Kimmel, both said in their shows on Thursday that Sanders should be fired for their action.
"The fact that the White House press secretary promotes this doctoral video is reprehensible and can be dismissed," said Colbert.
While Trump described the reporter who asked for the video as "dishonest", it was mild compared to his treatment of April Ryan, a White House correspondent for American Urban Radio Networks and CNN's Abby Phillip.
Phillip asked Trump if he wanted to force the newly appointed incumbent Attorney General Matt Whitaker in the Special Representative Robert Mueller.
"What stupid question did you ask," Trump answered. "What a stupid question and I watch you a lot and you ask a lot of stupid questions."
In response, CNN said through its Twitter feed that Phillip's question was not stupid. "In fact, she posed the most relevant question of the day," said CNN. Trump's insults "are nothing new, and never surprising," said CNN.
The assault on Ryan was unprovoked even though the president had appeared angry at Wednesday's press conference when Ryan got up and asked him without a microphone after suppressing voters in the midterm elections. Ryan did not belong to Trump on Friday.
"I watch her get up," he said Friday. "I mean, you're talking about someone who's a loser, she does not know what the hell she's doing, she gets advertising and then a raise, or she gets a contract, I think, CNN, but she's very angry and she should not be. "
Ryan contributed to CNN last year. She said on the network that the three presidents she had discussed to Trump did not like every question she asked, but understood why she did it.
"At the end of the day, it was part of the American process, it was part of what our Founding Fathers used for the responsibility of the President of the United States," she said. "This president does not seem to like it, so I'm a loser."
Between Ryan, Phillip and Yamiche Alcindor of PBS & # 39; NewsHour & # 39; are three black reporters with whom the President has dealt harshly for the past three days. Trump accused Alcindor on Wednesday of asking a racist question when she asked about the president, who was backed by some white nationalists.
Trump said he had made no decision when asked by a reporter how long Acosta would stay in the punishment box. But he said there could be others.
"If you are in the White House, this is a very holy place," he said. "This is a very special place, you have to treat the White House with respect, you have to treat the presidency with respect."
Olivier Knox, President of the White House Correspondents' Association, said the board of his organization met with Sanders and White House Communications Director Bill Shine on Thursday to await a series of talks on the status of Acosta.
Although he lost his White House pass and was able to travel with Air Force One with Trump and the rest of the press corps, Acosta traveled to Paris to cover Trump's meeting with world leaders this weekend.
He tweeted a photo of himself in front of the Eiffel Tower on Friday.
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