Trump went off on Acosta following a reporter's question about how much longer Acosta would be without a "hard pass" giving him speedy entry to the White House grounds. She gets publicity and then she gets a pay raise or she gets a contract with I think CNN, but she's very nasty.
Trump interrupted her and responded, "I don't know why you say that, that is such a racist question". It's a very special place.
The video they are referring to showed a White House aide trying to take away a microphone from CNN reporter Jim Acosta before he put his hand down on her's as she was trying to grab it.
Trump also called out Acosta for his well-documented and theatrical spats with Sanders during the normal course of press briefings. 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. The video proved otherwise. There are those saying this was definitely doctored (the AP) and those saying it definitely was not (Vice) and several people in between saying this doesn't appear to be doctored but does have a couple extra frames along with framerate, compression, and other issues that made it look different than the original C-Span clip. Said Acosta: "I was just trying to ask a question of the president at this press conference and it was obviously a question they didn't like".
Acosta shot back at the accusation of misconduct, tweeting "this is a lie" - as his network and a number of Washington journalists who had been at the press conference voiced support for him and denied the White House allegations that he touched the intern.
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CNN has been working behind the scenes on a resolution that would restore Acosta's pass.
Acosta has served as a White House correspondent for CNN since 2013 when he covered the Obama administration. Acosta joined a room of other journalists in questioning the president after the mid-term elections, and the topic of immigration came up.
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". She also opined that a lot of people hate the media and agree with Trump that the press can't be trusted. "Surely", he wrote, "we must realize that if it works with CNN, this will just be the first time, and not the last".
"We strongly urge the White House to reinstate Acosta's credentials immediately". I want them to come into the country but they have to come in through a process.
Ryan phoned in to CNN to respond to the President's comments. Instead, Acosta continued with a second question about the Russian investigation, which Trump shrugged off with another curt answer. "I will continue to ask the questions that affect America, all of America". "And never surprising", CNN said. Some people have suggested that Trump, no fan of Robert Mueller's "witch hunt" Russian Federation investigation, is going to direct the new man in charge of the probe to end it. He's also had unkind things to say about women and people who are African-American.