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Trump blasts reporter as ‘rude’; CNN calls attacks on press ‘un-American’

A White House staff member reaches for the microphone held by CNN's Jim Acosta as he questions US President Donald Trump A White House staff member reaches for the microphone held by CNN's Jim Acosta as he questions US President Donald Trump
Deanna Wagner | 08 November, 2018, 22:01

Reporters Without Borders (RSF) says it's shocked by the unbridled hostility United States President Donald Trump exhibited toward several White House correspondents during a press conference yesterday, which culminated in the revocation of CNN correspondent Jim Acosta's White House press credentials. Sanders said in her statement that the White House "will never tolerate a reporter placing his hands on a young woman just trying to do her job as a White House intern".

At the White House news conference Wednesday, Trump called Acosta a "rude, bad person" when he refused to sit down after asking the president about a racist anti-immigration ad his re-election campaign had paid for and promoted ahead of Tuesday's midterm elections.

Trump stepped away from the lectern for a a few seconds before returning to the microphone to take aim at Acosta again.

Fox News has not yet confirmed whether or not the video is actually doctored, or simply zooms in on the incident.

During the news conference, Trump sparred with White House correspondents when they posed questions he did not like.

"We have been working at the White House for five years covering two administrations", Acosta said to the officer, as he voluntarily gave up his hard pass.

Since Donald Trump stated Mr Acosta would receive a temporary ban, the reporter has been prevented from entering the White House. President Trump has given the press more access than any President in history. As the reporter persisted, the member of staff tried to take the microphone from him.

The president then told Mr Acosta to sit down and to put down his microphone.

Beloved by some, his fans reportedly leave bourbon in his mailbox and he's often recognised in the street by supporters who thank him for standing up to President Trump. "The White House must cease its continuous assault on the First Amendment".

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"What do you make of it?" she asked.

"Honestly, I think you should let me run the country, you run CNN, and if you did it well your ratings would be much better", Trump said.

Following a lengthy back-and-forth, a White House intern tried to take the microphone from Acosta, who held onto it. "Pardon me, ma'am", Acosta said in the original video, though the audio was stripped from the edited version.

'You are a very rude person, ' Trump told him.

"I don't know", he said.

"They are not only risky, they are disturbingly un-American", the network said, voicing its support for Acosta and "journalists everywhere".

"They are not only risky, they are disturbingly un-American". You and I disagree on this, ' Trump said.

The move followed an incident during President Trump's Wednesday news conference, in which Acosta challenged Trump about his claims regarding immigrants trekking through Mexico to reach the US border.