Acosta was trying to ask the president a question when Trump moved on to the next journalist and an intern tried to take away the microphone from Acosta, who continued talking.
An independent video production trainer tells the AP a video tweeted by the White House on an interaction between CNN reporter Jim Acosta and an intern appears to have been manipulated to make the reporter's actions look more aggressive. Trump had called the reporter a "rude and bad person" after Acosta shot several questions at him during a post midterm election press conference. Acosta chose to ask Trump why he seemingly "demonized" the immigrants traveling to the American border at the moment.
Video used by White House officials to justify revoking the credentials of a CNN reporter was altered before it was shared with the public, an analysis of the video by social media verification service Storyful reveals. "You've got to treat the White House and the presidency with respect".
Trump also told April Ryan of the Urban National Radio Network to "sit down" and wait her turn. Acosta, she added, asked several questions during the press conference. Rather, he said he saw him holding on to the microphone as she reached for it. It's unclear why the White House would have used the Infowars video as a source as opposed to direct footage from the cameras at the event.
Both Sanders and Trump refused to back down amid criticism of their decision.
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"Guess what? At the end of the day it was part of the American process, what our founding fathers put in place for accountability of the United States", she said.
Trump said he hadn't made a decision when asked by a reporter how long Acosta would remain in the "penalty box".
The White House on Wednesday suspended the media pass for Acosta, CNN's chief White House correspondent.
"I think Jim Acosta is a very unprofessional man".
Sanders noted that Trump took 68 questions from 35 different reporters over the lengthy press conference that lasted 90 minutes-the first one he's held since the midterm elections.
Ryan, who is also a CNN contributor, tweeted in response: "I love this country and have the most respect for the Office of the President".
"It could be others also", he said. "Unfortunately, or maybe fortunately because you can see for yourself what it is, perception is reality with this president".