Trump: video wasn’t al­tered

Connecticut Post - - OBITUARIES/NEWS -

Be­fore hop­ping on a plane to Paris on Fri­day, Pres­i­dent Donald Trump in­sulted some more re­porters, threat­ened that oth­ers may have their White House cre­den­tials pulled like CNN’s Jim Acosta and dis­puted re­ports that his press sec­re­tary spread a doc­tored video of Acosta’s en­counter with a White House in­tern.

Dur­ing a brief me­dia avail­abil­ity out­side the White House, the pres­i­dent gave more fod­der to fans who en­joy watch­ing him scrap with jour­nal­ists.

Trump said “no­body ma­nip­u­lated” a video dis­trib­uted by White House press sec­re­tary Sarah San­ders that showed Acosta re­sist­ing an in­tern’s at­tempt to take a mi­cro­phone from him dur­ing a news con­fer­ence on Fri­day. A video ex­pert had told The As­so­ci­ated Press that the video ap­peared doc­tored to speed up Acosta’s arm move­ment and make his ges­ture more threat­en­ing; the White House used that en­counter to jus­tify pulling Acosta’s cre­den­tials.

Abba Shapiro, an in­de­pen­dent video pro­ducer hired by The As­so­ci­ated Press to com­pare the footage tweeted by Shapiro with the AP’s coverage of the news con­fer­ence, said the al­ter­ation made was “too pre­cise to be an ac­ci­dent.”

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