President Trump on Friday unleashed insults about individual White House reporters and threatened to pull press credentials from other reporters who don’t show him “respect.”
Trump’s angry tirade comes two days after the president suspended the press pass of CNN Chief White House Correspondent Jim Acosta after a heated back-and-forth exchange during a post-midterm elections news conference.
“I think Jim Acosta is a very unprofessional man,” Trump said of Acosta, who was falsely accused by the White House of assaulting a female intern.
Asked how long Acosta’s credentials will be suspended, Trump replied: “As far as I’m concerned, I haven’t made that decision. But it could be others also”
Trump also attacked American Urban Radio Networks White House correspondent April Ryan as a “loser” who “doesn’t know what the hell she is doing.”
— Josh Marshall (@joshtpm) November 9, 2018
Trump also dismissed claims by multiple news agencies and video experts that video of the Acosta incident, shared by White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders to justify its decision to pull his credentials, was doctored.
“Nobody manipulated, give me a break. That is dishonest reporting. All that was was a close up,” he said.