White House revokes CNN reporter's press pass after clash with Trump

US President Donald Trump points to journalist Jim Acosta from CNN during a post-election press conference in the East Room of the White House in Washington DC

White House suspends CNN's Jim Acosta

CNN has since responded in a statement, writing that Phillip, in fact, "asked the most pertinent question of the day".

"First of all, thank you for being kind enough to understand that those words are bad for a sitting United States President versus someone who's been covering presidents from before him and will probably after he leaves" Ryan said. Trump said in response that it was a "stupid question", and added that he "watches" her a lot, and knows she has made a habit of asking stupid questions.

His latest spat with CNN journalist Jim Acosta, however, has led to the reporter being banned from the White House press room and allegations of a doctored video being distributed by the White House. Among those he brought up in that context was Ryan.

Next on the docket was American Urban Radio Networks reporter April Ryan - a "loser", according to the president. She doesn't know what the hell she's doing.

"She's very nasty", the president said. Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders wrote on Twitter that the administration would "never tolerate" such behavior from a reporter, and that it had therefore revoked Acosta's press accreditation.

When a White House intern tried to take a microphone from Acosta, he blocked her with his arm.

"Well I'm not a big fan of yours either", Trump said.

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Waving his finger, Mr Trump berated him. You are a rude, bad person.

A few moments later, Alcindor asked Trump about his recent characterization of himself as "a nationalist" and whether that label was "emboldening white nationalists". She was simply trying to do her job, while Acosta hung onto the mic and would not hand it over.

"Just sit down", Trump said.

"He's not able to finesse his disdain for certain people", Ryan said in an interview Friday. "He attacks the people he feels are beneath him". "Revoking access to the White House complex is a reaction out of line to the purported offence and is unacceptable". Paul Joseph Watson, an editor-at-large for InfoWars, says the video was not doctored, but was made from a GIF, which he claims explains the anomalies.

Thursday, during Ryan's appearance, co-host Meghan McCain repeatedly insisted that the press has done just as much, if not more, to divide the country as the president.

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

The attacks on the three women left Sarah Glover, the president of the National Association of Black Journalists, shaking her head. He said she was rude for interrupting another reporter, though he did briefly answer one of Ryan's questions. Huckabee Sanders has been an ideal press secretary for Donald Trump: more composed and ready to play the martyr than Scaramucci and free of the sense of shame that sometimes held Sean Spicer back.

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