White House shares doctored video of CNN reporter's microphone encounter with intern

Trump attacks members of his own party and shouts at CNN’s Jim Acosta in wild press conference

President Donald Trump points as he speaks during a news conference in the East Room of the White House Wednesday Nov. 7 2018 in Washington

Donald Trump laid into CNN's Jim Acosta at his first post-midterm press conference on Wednesday, with him telling the reporter he was unfit for his job.

The President was involved in a furious row with Jim Acosta following the midterms, which led to the CNN reporter being banned from the White House for "inappropriate behaviour".

Earlier in the day, President Donald Trump called Acosta a "rude, awful person" during a press conference and tried to cut off his questioning.

President Trump had scolded the reporter earlier on Wednesday when he asked about the migrant caravan and the Russian Federation investigation.

"CNN should be ashamed of itself having you working for them", Trump said. That's enough. That's enough.

"You know what the word is", President Trump said, concluding a testy exchange at Wednesday's news conference.

At that point, a White House intern reached over and tried to take the microphone away from him.

In September, Costa Rica-based MyBookie.com took bets on who was behind the anonymous New York Times editorial which claimed things were seriously amiss in the Trump administration. But a frame-by-frame comparison with an Associated Press video of the same incident shows that the one tweeted by Sanders appears to have been altered to speed up Acosta's arm movement as he touches the intern's arm, according to Abba Shapiro, an independent video producer who examined the footage at the AP's request.

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CNN addressed the decision Wednesday, calling it an "unprecedented decision" based on "lies". "But they have to come in legally", Trump said. "The way you treat Sarah Huckabee [Sanders] is frightful".

"Just sit down please", he said to Acosta, who tried to ask another question. Baker wrote that he believes Trump called on Acosta at the presser because "he wants the confrontation".

In another article-which was published as a conversation between columnists Frank Bruni and Ross Douthat-in The New York Times, Douthat pointed out that throughout the 2016 campaign, Republicans were hopeful that "Trump would start behaving a little more like a normal politician, or just a normal human being".

But as Acosta pressed on and Alexander stood there, Trump turned back to the CNN reporter.

Acosta questioned him about his rhetoric on immigration during the campaign and his deployment of troops to the US border with Mexico purportedly to stop a so-called "caravan" of migrants.

Trump wanted to move onto another reporter, but Acosta wouldn't give up the microphone when an aide sought to tug it away from him.

But even video is subject to dispute: Users on Twitter began to say that the video Sanders shared was doctored and misleading. She called the behavior "absolutely unacceptable".

When the issue came to a head in June 2016, Trump told CNN in an interview that, if elected, he would not revoke credentials.

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