Next on the docket was American Urban Radio Networks reporter April Ryan - a "loser", according to the president. "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. Jimmy Kimmel said that Sanders "should be forced to resign" for what she did. "She shouldn't be", Trump said.
While speaking to reporters on Friday, Trump called Acosta "very unprofessional" and decried the way he treated Sanders during press briefings.
White House counselor Kellyanne Conway told "Fox and Friends" on November 8 "The reporter from NBC was already standing, getting ready to ask his question, and she was just doing her job, which was to reclaim the microphone that belongs to the federal government".
Trump added that it has not yet been decided how long Acosta's press credential will be suspended.
In an interview with Fox News on Thursday, senior White House communications advisor Mercedes Schlapp insisted that the intern was "shaken up" and "intimidated" by Acosta and added "what we are seeing is bad behavior that can not be tolerated". The video proved otherwise.
CNN said the move was done "in retaliation for his (Acosta's) challenging questions". There are those saying this was definitely doctored (the AP) and those saying it definitely was not (Vice) and several people in between saying this doesn't appear to be doctored but does have a couple extra frames along with framerate, compression, and other issues that made it look different than the original C-Span clip.
"The same thing with April Ryan".
"President Trump believes in a free press and expects and welcomes tough questions of him and his Administration", Sanders said in her statement. "You shouldn't be working for CNN", he said.
Despite losing his White House pass, Acosta is expected to travel to Paris this weekend to cover Trump's trip to meet with world leaders.
Acosta's hand can be seen apparently applying pressure and lingering for a few seconds on the woman's arm.
But some journalists - concerned about which reporter might be targeted next - have been calling for action to match the words. "I want to challenge you", Acosta began in the packed room of reporters. "Surely", he wrote, "we must realize that if it works with CNN, this will just be the first time, and not the last".
None of this means that the White House is justified in removing Acosta's pass.
When NBC reporter Peter Alexander took the mic for the next question, he defended Mr Acosta as a "diligent reporter" - earning Mr Trump's ire. "You ask a lot of stupid questions", he said, shaking a finger at the journalist, then walking away.
Critics have accused Trump of placing an ally who will try to muzzle special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation.
Ryan told Wolf Blitzer this afternoon, "I'm numb to it".
But Acosta initially refused to give up the microphone to anyone else and continued asking questions. Her question was about the widespread concerns that Trump's rhetoric emboldens white nationalists.