White House Defends Ban on Reporter

President Donald Trump speaks to CNN journalist Jim Acosta during a news conference in the East Room of the White House

Trump added: "I don't think he's a smart person, but he's got a loud voice".

The comments came after Trump had heated exchanges with both Ryan and CNN chief White House correspondent Jim Acosta on Wednesday.

Pen America also posted a tweet, in which it said: "President Trump's threat to revoke additional reporters' White House access is deeply troubling". 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. "But I watch you a lot and you ask a lot of stupid questions", Trump said, jabbing his finger at her before turning and walking away.

"You have to treat the White House with respect, you have to treat the presidency with respect", Trump said, claiming the late Republican president, Ronald Reagan, would have acted similarly. The tense exchange between President Trump and Acosta is hard and embarrassing to watch-not because the video has been "doctored" as some are now claiming but because both men demonstrate utter contempt and disrespect for their respective roles as they shamelessly peacock for ratings.

"You have to treat the White House of the office of the presidency with respect".

Trump also criticized American Urban Radio Networks reporter April Ryan, calling her a "loser". Jim had his White House press credentials removed due to a fight over the microphone while at the same press conference.

"She doesn't know what the hell she is doing", the president said. In between the two questions, Trump attempted to move on, but Acosta refused. "She shouldn't be", Trump said.

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US President Donald Trump isn't new to fights with journalists.

The CNN journalist tweeted a view of the Eiffel Tower, saying: "Greetings from Paris where we are on the ground for Trump's trip to France".

Nevertheless, as a result of his actions, Jim's credentials and permission to attend White House conferences has officially been revoked - for now.

"At every good news organization of which I've been aware over 35 years in and around journalism, it has been a bedrock principle that subjects don't get to choose the reporters who cover them, which includes not getting to veto reporters they don't like", Tofel wrote.

Trump also called out Acosta for his well-documented and theatrical spats with Sanders during the normal course of press briefings.

"When you're in the White House, this is a very sacred place to be", he said. She knows it. These are dark times and not only because of the pack of lying liars in charge. "The way you treat other people is disgusting!"

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