White House Defends Ban on Reporter

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And I think this also might be the first time I've seen Sarah Sanders take the woman's side on any subject ever, so good for her.

"In Jim's defense, I've traveled with him and watched him, he's a diligent reporter who busts his butt like the rest of us", Alexander said. "A very special place", Trump said. A video expert had told The Associated Press that the video appeared doctored to speed up Acosta's arm movement and make his gesture more threatening; the White House used that encounter to justify pulling Acosta's credentials.

Trump made the disparaging comment while talking to reporters as he was departing for Paris, France.

Trump also cast doubt on the stated rationale for stripping Acosta's credential.

But White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders claimed that Acosta had "placed his hands" on an intern who had attempted to take the microphone away from him. "We will not tolerate the inappropriate behaviour clearly documented in this video", she wrote. The video proved otherwise.

CNN has labeled Sanders' characterization of Acosta's exchange with the intern as a lie. "I mean, you talk about somebody that's a loser, she doesn't know what the hell she's doing".

Acosta later tweeted that his press credentials to the White House had been revoked.

CNN has been working behind the scenes on a resolution that would restore Acosta's pass.

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But some journalists - concerned about which reporter might be targeted next - have been calling for action to match the words. "Revoking access to the White House complex is a reaction out of line to the purported offence and is unacceptable".

In Friday's incident, Abby Phillip, also from CNN, asked Trump whether he wanted his new attorney-general to hold back an explosive probe into allegations that the president's 2016 election campaign colluded with Russian agents. Instead, Acosta continued with a second question about the Russian investigation, which Trump shrugged off with another curt answer. But others say the CNN reporter should have just handed it over.

"Do you want [Whitaker] to rein in Robert Mueller?".

This week, he hit a trifecta, singling out three African-American women who are journalists.

"President Trump believes in a free press and expects and welcomes tough questions of him and his Administration".

A few moments later, Alcindor asked Trump about his recent characterization of himself as "a nationalist" and whether that label was "emboldening white nationalists". Trump's insults "are nothing new".

Ryan responded on Twitter, "I love this country and have the most respect for the Office of the President. You have to treat the presidency with respect". "That's not doctoring", Trump later said.

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