Trump in­sults reporters, claims Acosta video wasn’t al­tered

The Peterborough Examiner - - Canada & World - DAVID BAUDER AND JONATHAN LEMIRE

NEW YORK — Be­fore hop­ping on a plane to Paris on Fri­day, U.S. 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 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.

“It wasn’t doc­tored,” the pres­i­dent said. “They gave a close-up view. That’s not doc­tor­ing.”

While Trump called the re­porter who asked 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.

Phillip asked Trump whether he wanted Matt Whi­taker, the newly ap­pointed act­ing at­tor­ney gen­eral, to rein in spe­cial coun­sel Robert Mueller. “What a stupid ques­tion you asked,” Trump replied. “What a stupid ques­tion and I watch you a lot and you ask a lot of stupid ques­tions.”

The at­tack on Ryan was un­pro­voked, al­though the pres­i­dent had ap­peared up­set at Wed­nes­day’s news con­fer­ence when Ryan stood up and asked him, with­out a mi­cro­phone, about voter sup­pres­sion in the midterm elec­tions. Ryan wasn’t among Trump’s ques­tion­ers Fri­day.

“I watch her get up,” he said Fri­day. “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.”

Be­tween Ryan, Phillip and Yamiche Al­cin­dor of PBS’s “NewsHour,” that makes three black fe­male reporters that the pres­i­dent dealt with harshly in three days. On Wed­nes­day, Trump ac­cused Al­cin­dor of ask­ing a racist ques­tion.

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