White House Reporters Must 'Treat The Presidency With Respect': Trump
The Don also hinted CNN's Jim Acosta won't be the only journalist to have his White House credentials revoked.
Trump indicated Acosta -- who had his White House access suspended after a heated exchange with the President -- may not be the only reporter to suffer the fate, prior to his trip to France on Friday.
“As far as I'm concerned, I haven’t made that decision. But it could be others also,” he suggested.
The CNN reporter's persistent questions to the President about a caravan of Latin American asylum seekers approaching the US border resulted in an intern having to yank the microphone away from him.
The White House claimed Acosta was suspended for putting "his hands on" the intern, while CNN said it was "retaliation for his challenging questions".
“When you are in the White House, this is a very sacred place to me, a very special place. You have to treat the White House with respect, you have to treat the presidency with respect," Trump declared.
He referenced American Urban Radio Networks reporter April Ryan as someone who, in his opinion, did not show him nor the White House respect.
“You talk about somebody that’s a loser. She doesn’t know what the hell she is doing," he stated.
"She is very nasty and she shouldn’t be. You have got to treat the White House and the office of the presidency with respect."
April's CNN colleague, Brooke Baldwin, defended her and two other black women journalists Trump had recently insulted during her show on Friday.
Trump was also adamant the video of Acosta's exchange with the White House intern had not been altered, as suggested by The Independent.
“Nobody manipulated it, give me a break. See that’s just dishonest reporting. All that was was a close-up. That is just dishonest reporting," he reiterated.
“I watched that, I heard that last night. They made it close up, they showed it close up, and he was not nice to that young woman."
White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders released a statement accusing Acosta of "placing his hands on a young woman just trying to do her job as a White House intern".
She tweeted a video (with no accreditation to its creator) from the conference, with critics immediately calling out the footage for possibly being doctored.
The White House News Photographers Association responded that the video potentially being doctored was "deceptive, dangerous and unethical".
“As visual journalists, we know that manipulating images is manipulating truth,” said Whitney Shefte, the association’s president.
“It’s deceptive, dangerous and unethical. Knowingly sharing manipulated images is equally problematic, particularly when the person sharing them is a representative of our country’s highest office with vast influence over public opinion.”
The White House is yet to make a decision on when Acosta's press credentials will be reinstated.
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