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Trump Says Jim Acosta Video ‘Wasn’t Doctored’

10 November 2018

At a Wednesday press conference where Trump made the rare appearance before both reporters and cameras, the president started a heated exchange with CNN's Jim Acosta, interrupting him, insulting him, and refusing to answer his questions, before a White House intern tried to take away Acosta's mic.

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

Earlier this week, CNN's chief White House correspondent, Jim Acosta, had his White House press pass suspended after a confrontation with President Trump and a White House aide.

A visibly angry Trump called reporter Jim Acosta a "rude, awful person", after the CNN White House correspondent refused the president's orders to sit down and yield the microphone during the conference one day after the USA midterm election.

Other journalists speculated that Acosta losing his "hard pass" access to the White House was "unprecedented", somehow forgetting Obama's war with Fox News that included spying "extensively on Fox News reporter James Rosen in 2010, collecting his telephone records, tracking his movements in and out of the State Department and seizing two days of Rosen's personal emails", according to a Department of Justice report. Acosta made a decision to ask Trump why he seemingly "demonized" the immigrants traveling to the American border at the moment.

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

Trump insisted that the video distributed by White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders was simply a "close-up" and "was not doctored".

The dramatic White House expulsion of Attorney General Jeff Sessions may be getting all the attention, but there was another one that some consider just as important: the banning of journalist Jim Acosta.

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On Friday morning, while leaving the White House to head to Paris, Trump spoke with reporters, making it clear that moods had not cooled since Wednesday's press conference. But she's very nasty, and she shouldn't be.

White House counselor Kellyanne Conway told "Fox and Friends" on November 8 "The reporter from NBC was already standing, getting ready to ask his question, and she was just doing her job, which was to reclaim the microphone that belongs to the federal government". She knows it. These are dark times and not only because of the pack of lying liars in charge.

But Acosta initially refused to give up the microphone to anyone else and continued asking questions.

Acosta later tweeted that his press credentials to the White House had been revoked.

On Friday, Trump said of Acosta, "He was not nice to that young woman". "The way you treat other people is awful!" "She intentionally disseminated doctored video footage to discredit a reputable journalist".

Initially, the White House said Acosta placed his hands on an intern who attempted to take a microphone away from him.

Trump Says Jim Acosta Video ‘Wasn’t Doctored’