Trump in­sults re­porters, claims Acosta video wasn’t al­tered

Waterloo Region Record - - Canada & World - DAVID BAUDER AND JONATHAN LEMIRE

NEW YORK — Be­fore hop­ping on a plane to Paris on Fri­day, Pres­i­dent 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 en­dur­ing counter 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 a news con­fer­ence on Thurs­day.

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 White House 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.”

In re­sponse, CNN said through its Twit­ter feed that Phillip’s ques­tion wasn’t stupid. “In fact, she asked the most per­ti­nent ques­tion of the day,” CNN said. Trump’s in­sults “are noth­ing new. And never sur­pris­ing,” CNN said.

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