Several journalists and organisations, including the American Society of News Editors, the Associated Press Media Editors and the Online News Association, have demanded that the White House reinstate Acosta's press pass. He called the White House accusations "a lie". You can nearly feel the republic devolving to its lowest common denominator: narcissists preening before the cameras and beating their chests in self-righteous fury. The CNN reporter has made a name for himself by asking combative questions of Trump and other administration officials.
"I love this country and have the most respect for the Office of the President", Ryan tweeted Friday morning.
On another matter, the president called Acosta's exchanges with press secretary Sarah Sanders disgraceful. The reporter was in the midst of a terse back-and-forth with Trump, whom he was trying to ask a question about a migrant caravan heading for the U.S. "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. "You run CNN and if you did it well, your ratings would be much better". Phillip asked of the special counsel's Russian Federation investigation.
"As visual journalists, we know that manipulating images is manipulating truth", said Whitney Shefte, the association's president. "I am proud to work for CNN, I have been working in this business for 21 years". In an explanation, Press Secretary Sarah Sanders lied.
If by "respect" Trump means the type of questions that are asked and the way they are asked, the White House is on shaky legal footing.
Alexander came to his colleague's defense.
The version shared by Sanders also omits Acosta's "Pardon me, ma'am".
At the conference Trump, when asked if he had "demonized immigrants" during the midterms campaign, replied: "No, I want them to come into the country. A free press is vital to democracy, and we stand behind Jim Acosta and his fellow journalists everywhere".
Acosta was not present at the gaggle, though.
Trump also had some (more) choice words for two other CNN personalities.
"They are not only unsafe, they are disturbingly un-American".
US President Donald Trump isn't new to fights with journalists. It showed a closeup of Acosta's arm making contact with the intern's.
Trump, in remarks Friday, also did not back off his administration's decision to suspend Acosta's press credential, which allows the CNN correspondent access to the White House grounds.
"There are embarrassingly few black and hispanic reporters in the WH press corps and four have been personally insulted by the President this week", he wrote.
Trump, she said, doesn't seem to appreciate that.