CNN correspondent Jim Acosta was denied entry to the White House on Wednesday evening following a heated row with President Donald Trump, who called him a "rude, awful person" during a press conference.
President Trump unloaded on CNN's senior White House correspondent Jim Acosta Friday morning; calling the reporter totally "unprofessional" and demanding he treat the office of the presidency with "respect".
President Trump insulted three reporters affiliated with CNN on Friday, and said the White House may continue to take press passes away from members of the media.
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Both SPJ and the White House Correspondents' Association (WHCA) indicated that the White House made the decision because Acosta asked tough questions. Trump had called the reporter a "rude and bad person" after Acosta shot several questions at him during a post midterm election press conference. Trump said Ryan was "nasty" as well as a "loser" that "doesn't know what she's doing". "The way you treat Sarah Huckabee is awful", he said, referring to his press secretary.
In his press availability, Trump also went after April Ryan, a reporter for American Urban Radio Networks, as someone who did not show respect.
It started when Trump held a press conference on Wednesday at the White House after the midterm elections. "We will not tolerate the inappropriate behaviour clearly documented in this video", she said.
When asked why the media is blamed for the political divide, @AprilDRyan says: "People don't understand or know what is fact and what is opinion now". In the meantime, Acosta has continued to report without physical access to the White House grounds; he is now in Paris to cover Trump's trip to France.
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CNN's Dana Bash tweeted this reaction: "Harvard University will be surprised to hear POTUS call one of their graduates - my friend and colleague Abby Phillip - stupid".
Trump also criticized CNN contributor April Ryan. "He's a very unprofessional guy", Trump said. I mean, she intentionally disseminated doctored video to discredit a reputable journalist. In between the two questions, Trump attempted to move on, but Acosta refused. When you're in the White House, this is a very sacred place to be. Why might other journalists in the room react that way, and why did Fox News's Chris Wallace say that Acosta had "embarrassed himself" on Wednesday? Some have suggested this behavior is symptomatic of the way in which Trump has "vulgarized" the presidency and the administration.
The video is cut so that it appears that Acosta tries to forcefully use his arm to push away the White House staffer's arm, rather than use his arm to pull back the microphone.
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