Published: Sun, November 11, 2018
Global | By Craig Ferguson

Trump threatens to revoke more White House press passes after Acosta

Trump threatens to revoke more White House press passes after Acosta

"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.

In another infamous case, Acosta told White House official Stephen Miller that preference shouldn't be given to immigrants who know English, even though that's already a requirement for naturalization.

"What a stupid question that is, what a stupid question".

On Friday morning, President Donald Trump unloaded on reporters for asking "stupid questions", their lack of intelligence, and their overall "nasty" behavior.

The White House Correspondents' Association denounced the decision to revoke Acosta's White House access, calling it unacceptable and disproportionate to the purported offence. Speaking of Acosta, the president said: "He's a very unprofessional man..."

Trump's relationship with the journalists who cover the White House fell to a new low on Wednesday after the confrontation with Acosta, who provoked the president by asking him whether he had "demonized" immigrants in the run-up to Tuesday's midterm election. When you're in the White House, this is a very sacred place to be.

In the above video, Shapiro walks frame by frame through the AP's unaltered clip of the incident and the clip of the incident that the White House circulated. "She shouldn't be", Trump said.

"President Trump believes in a free press and expects and welcomes tough questions of him and his Administration". To some media observers, Trump's reactions echoed reports that Trump has previously mocked the accent of Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi or mimicked the style of Asian trade negotiators.

"I don't know Whitaker", Trump said, adding that he heard Whitaker was "highly thought of" by USA ambassador to China and former Iowa Gov. Terry Branstad. Trump has repeatedly shot down suggestions that he is racist. He refused to respond to her question. "You rudely interrupted him", Trump told her, referring to another reporter.

Of course, Trump has frequently sparred with white reporters, as well. "You run CNN, and if you did it well, your ratings would be higher", Mr Trump said.

Baldwin said on Twitter that there was something "SO wrong" with the fact that three of the people he spoke to badly during the press conference were Black women, and that she had to speak up. "You ask a lot of stupid questions".

She added, "He's not apparently built for this. That's just a lie", said Kimmel.

The White House is standing its ground, and, in a statement on Thursday, Sanders said that she stands by her previous position. Two battled until Trump called him "a rude, bad person" and said, "CNN should be ashamed of itself". Organizations like the American Society of News Editors, the Associated Press Media Editors, and the Online News Association have demanded that Acosta's press badge be reinstated. "She doesn't know what the hell she is doing".

"She should be forced to resign for that", he continued. "Our democracy depends on the functioning of an unfettered press that is allowed to question our leaders and hold them accountable without fear of reprisal".

On Friday, Trump said of Acosta, "He was not nice to that young woman". "But it could be others also".

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