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Acosta went beyond probing about the president's "enemy of the people" remarks and seemed to challenge Sanders to list outlets and journalists that the White House thought fit that description.

An independent expert has said a video distributed by the Trump administration to support its argument for banning CNN reporter Jim Acosta from the White House appears to have been doctored. "I don't think he's a smart person but he has a loud voice", Trump told reporters in a testy 20-plus-minute exchange before he left for Paris and a World War I commemoration ceremony. "I mean, you talk about somebody who's a loser". But she is very nasty and she shouldn't be. "This is a very special place", Trump said.

The President's first post mid-term election news conference was a rowdy spectacle at the White House.

"You won't believe what the press gallery just did in Ottawa", the Conservatives told supporters in a 2013 fundraising email after the government refused to allow reporters - only photographers and TV cameras - to cover one of then-prime minister Stephen Harper's caucus speeches.

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

Press advocates anxious, though, that Trump might bar these reporters from the White House if they continued to hit him with tough questions. The video proved otherwise. The newspaper said that if Sanders was so offended by physical contact, "what did she have to say when her boss praised as "my kind of guy" Rep. Greg Gianforte of Montana, who was sentenced to anger management classes and community service for body-slamming a Guardian reporter last spring?" And Trump warned Friday that other reporters could have their security badges revoked, too.

Separately, he called out Acosta's tense exchanges with Sanders at past press briefings, saying "it's a disgrace", suggesting the retaliation was about more than Wednesday's press conference. On Friday the Boston Globe's editorial board called for a White House press walkout.

President Donald Trump speaks to the media on the South Lawn of the White House, on Friday, November 9, 2018.

Ryan became a CNN contributor a year ago.

The White House Correspondents' Association denounced the decision to revoke Acosta's White House access, calling it unacceptable and disproportionate to the purported offence.

It's not the role of working journalists to do battle with the White House, which is a job for the countless advocacy organizations that work on behalf of a free press, LoMonte said. "So they use me as an example to show "this is what can happen to you".

A number of legal scholars have questioned Whitaker's validity as acting attorney general, as well as his fitness to oversee the Mueller investigation given Whitaker's long track record of publicly undermining the Mueller probe and claiming there was "no collusion" between the Trump campaign and Russian Federation before the investigation had concluded. Of course, the media did not ask tough questions to President Obama and gave him the type of respect that President Trump never receives.

"It is a sad day when any reporter has to ask a sitting United States president if you are racist", she said in reference to Trump's dog whistle politics about white nationalism. President Trump responded that he didn't take questions from "Fake News" CNN.

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

"Sometimes we ask questions that they did not like, and maybe there would have been a bit of retaliation and fight-back", Ryan added.


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