White House bans CNN reporter after confrontation with Trump

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Some have accused Sanders of tweeting a "doctored" version of the confrontation, a claim that has been called into question by others in the media.

President Trump on Friday called journalist Jim Acosta "a very unprofessional man", and he suggested that the White House could suspend other journalists in addition to the CNN reporter for disrespecting the presidency.

The White House on Thursday defended its ban of CNN correspondent Jim Acosta from the building, claiming he made inappropriate contact with an administration assistant while she was trying to take a microphone away from him during a heated exchange with President Donald Trump at a news conference.

The CNN reporter began his question to the president by saying he wanted to "challenge" him on his decision to call the latest Central American migrant caravan traveling to the US up through Mexico an "invasion".

Acosta then insisted the caravan of Central American immigrants "is not an invasion" and pressed Trump on his use of that word.

Phillip asked Trump whether he wanted Matt Whitaker, the newly-appointed acting attorney general, to rein in Special Counsel Robert Mueller.

Jim Acosta Scuffles With White House Staffer Over Microphone
Many have threatened to use the subpoena power they will gain in January to investigate Trump and administration actions. If i did, you people - you would have known about it. "I think you should let me run the country, you run CNN ".

"As visual journalists, we know that manipulating images is manipulating truth", said Whitney Shefte, the association's president. During the George W. Bush presidency, Trude Feldman, who worked for various news outlets, was suspended for 90 days after security cameras recorded her looking through a press aide's desk late one night. "It was done in retaliation for his challenging questions at today's press conference", the network said in a statement.

In a later tweet, Sanders said the White House stood by its decision.

Trump also criticized CNN contributor April Ryan. "In fact, she asked the most pertinent question of the day", CNN said. "I will continue to ask the questions that affect America, all of America".

He continued, "When you're in the White House, this is a very sacred place to me". "Nobody manipulated it", said Trump. Trump's insults "are nothing new". He expressed annoyance at the types of questions that are asked, the way that they are asked, and what reporters have said about him, i.e. their type of coverage. Trump called the journalist a "rude bad person" and accused his network CNN of reporting "fake news".

"It wasn't doctored... they gave a close-up view", Trump told reporters on November 9. "The White House should immediately reinstate Jim Acosta's press pass, and refrain from punishing reporters by revoking their access - that's not how a free press works". The president has a long history of insulting the intelligence of women and people of color.