Just hours after the press conference, presidential press secretary Sarah Sanders announced a highly unusual revocation of Acosta's White House pass, explaining they would "never tolerate a reporter placing his hands on a young woman just trying to do her job as a White House intern".
The two disagreed, however, with the White House's assertion that Acosta somehow "manhandled the intern", an accusation they said made them wonder if the White House was looking to pick a fight. But pulling the credentials of a White House reporter over nothing more than a personal grievance from the president is entirely unprecedented, even in Donald Trump's administration. Trump had several antagonistic interactions with reporters, including CNN's April Ryan, who he told to sit down after refusing to answer her questions. "You have to treat the White House with respect, you have to treat the presidency with respect".
The president said that the bad blood between him and the media was the fault of journalists showing insufficient deference. 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. He refused to respond to her question.
"No one manipulated it - give me a break", Trump said.
On Friday night, CNN commentator Nina Turner weighed in on President Donald Trump's recent attacks on reporters.
Ryan also shared her own statement via Twitter, writing, "I love this country and have the most respect for the Office of the President".
"I think Jim Acosta is a very unprofessional man-he does this with everybody".
Olivier Knox, president of the White House Correspondents Association, said his organization's board met Thursday with Sanders and White House communications director Bill Shine for what it expected to be a series of conversations about Acosta's status.
Other social media users are sharing one of Mr Trump's tweets from 2013 where he criticises the "intimidation of its reporters".
That statement was contradicted by witnesses and video that showed an intern trying to grab a mic from his hand as he pulled it away from her, saying, "Pardon me, ma'am". "But it could be others also", he said. "You ask a lot of stupid questions".
White House counselor Kellyanne Conway told "Fox and Friends" on November 8 "The reporter from NBC was already standing, getting ready to ask his question, and she was just doing her job, which was to reclaim the microphone that belongs to the federal government". "You have to treat the presidency with respect".
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