Trump threatens to revoke more White House press passes after Acosta

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The White House on Thursday defended its ban of CNN correspondent Jim Acosta from the building, claiming he made inappropriate contact with an administration assistant while she was trying to take a microphone away from him during a heated exchange with President Donald Trump at a news conference.

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

Sanders accused Acosta of "placing his hands on a young woman just trying to do her job as a White House intern" and of preventing other reporters from asking questions at the news conference.

The manipulated video was tweeted by Sanders in defense of the White House's decision to revoke Acosta's press pass. Colbert believes that Sanders should face the consequences and step down from her role as press secretary.

The sparring started after Acosta asked Trump about the caravan of migrants heading from Latin America to the southern US border.

"When you say 'doctored, ' you're a dishonest guy", Trump told the reporter on November 9.

"You've gotta treat the White House and the office of the presidency with respect".

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A 20-year veteran of the White House beat, Ryan pointed out that each president before Trump "understood that reporters were part of the underpinnings of this nation".

The president also chided journalist April Ryan of American Urban Radio network, calling her "a loser".

Trump also called out Acosta for his well-documented and theatrical spats with Sanders during the normal course of press briefings.

Al Tompkins and Kelly McBride, both faculty at the Poynter Institute in Florida, said Acosta's actions - which included challenging the president's answers to his questions - didn't "represent the best of journalism".

As he was heading off to Paris, Trump stopped to talk to reporters and was asked how long Acosta's pass would be revoked. She knows it. These are dark times and not only because of the pack of lying liars in charge. "In fact, she asked the most pertinent question of the day", CNN said.

Ms. Sanders deflected-and then mirrored Mr. Acosta's tone. He does this with everybody, he gets paid to do that. 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". "He did. We stand by our statement", Sanders said. "You ask a lot of stupid questions".

Acosta said in a tweet late on Wednesday he had been denied entry into the White House by the Secret Service. "But it could be others, also", Trump said as quoted by The Daily Caller.

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