Published: Thu, November 08, 2018
Worldwide | By Jermaine Blake

Trump slams CNN's Jim Acosta in explosive press briefing

Trump slams CNN's Jim Acosta in explosive press briefing

Acosta pushed the woman's arm down as she tried to take the microphone away from him while he was haranguing the president. "We will not tolerate the inappropriate behavior clearly documented in this video", she wrote on Twitter Wednesday evening.

Acosta tweeted that Sanders' statement that he put his hands on the aide was "a lie".

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.

The incident is the latest in a series of clashes between the president and mainstream media outlets, following a spate of comments from Trump calling unfavorable coverage "fake news" and threatening to revoke credentials at some organisations.

Sanders said that Trump's record shows that he has given more access to the press than any other President in history.

"Yes, the White House press office is sharing a manipulated video that makes it appear that Acosta was menacing the intern when he was not and did not".

What happened at the earlier press conference?

In a segment a few hours after the incident, around mid-afternoon, Acosta tried to play off the whole thing as if he is the victim in all of this because he was impeded from asking President Trump tough questions. His statement, "Pardon me, ma'am", is not included in the video Sanders shared.

"This severe measure, paired with the president's treatment of several other esteemed White House reporters, is unacceptable given the already hostile environment for reporters in the United States".

Journalists may use a range of approaches to carry out their jobs and the WHCA does not police the tone or frequency of the questions its members ask of powerful senior government officials, including the President.

In response, CNN said Acosta had the network's full support and claimed that Sanders lied.

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"If you did it well your ratings would be much better".

The news conference, which stretched close to 90 minutes, quickly turned raucous when some reporters pushed him on whether his campaign rhetoric on migrants from central America was divisive - and on developments in a federal investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election and any coordination between Moscow and the Trump campaign.

"They're actually not, because part of me will say this to everybody, I don't know how long I could be a nice person if I got my face yelled at constantly that I was fake and a liar and a awful person", Goldberg countered.

"When they go low, we keep doing our jobs", Acosta said. "To be honest. You aren´t the best", he said. "You shouldn't treat people that way".

Mason, a Reuters correspondent, also came forward in defence of his CNN colleague.

"I don't know", he said. "He's a diligent reporter who busts his butt like the rest of us".

Trump told Acosta that he should "let me run the country" and Acosta should "run CNN". Mr. Acosta has denied assaulting the woman and accused the administration of trying to shut down CNN.

"He was attacking my friend April Ryan, at one point telling her to sit down", he said.

The team at CNN were not the only ones taking to Twitter to have their say. "We stand by our statement".

"The fact that CNN is proud of the way their employee behaved is not only disgusting, it's an example of their outrageous disregard for everyone, including young women, who work in this administration", Ms Sanders said. "Revoking access to the White House complex is a reaction out of line to the purported offense and is unacceptable". Alcindor, who is black, asked whether Trump thought his declaration during the campaign that he's a "nationalist" had emboldened white supremacists, who are also called "white nationalists".

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