Pres­i­dent slams more jour­nal­ists

The Sunday Mail (Queensland) - - WORLD -

NEW YORK: US Pres­i­dent Trump has in­sulted re­porters, threat­ened oth­ers may have their cre­den­tials pulled and dis­puted re­ports his of­fice spread a doc­tored video of a CNN re­porter’s en­counter with a White House in­tern.

Mr Trump said “no­body ma­nip­u­lated” a video that showed CNN’s Jim Acosta re­sist­ing an in­tern’s at­tempt to take a mi­cro­phone from him.

Video ex­perts say the video ap­peared doc­tored to speed up his arm move­ment and make his ges­ture more threat­en­ing.

“It wasn’t doc­tored,” Mr Trump said. “They gave a closeup view. That’s not doc­tor­ing.”

While Mr Trump called the re­porter ask­ing about the video “dis­hon­est” that was mild com­pared to his treat­ment of April Ryan, a cor­re­spon­dent for Amer­i­can Ur­ban Ra­dio Net­works and CNN’s Abby Phillip.

Ms Phillip asked Mr Trump if he wanted Matt Whi­taker, the newly ap­pointed act­ing At­tor­ney-Gen­eral, to rein in Spe­cial Coun­sel Robert Mueller.

“What a stupid ques­tion you asked,” he replied. “I watch you a lot and you ask a lot of stupid ques­tions.”

Of Ms Ryan, Mr Trump said: “I mean, you talk about some­body that’s a loser, she doesn’t know what the hell she’s do­ing. She gets pub­lic­ity, and then she gets a pay raise, or she gets a con­tract with, I think CNN. But she’s very nasty, and she shouldn’t be.”

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