Pres­i­dent warns he might pull more press cre­den­tials

Las Vegas Review-Journal - - MORNING BRIEFING - By David Bauder and Jonathan Lemire The As­so­ci­ated Press

NEWYORK— Be­fore hop­ping on a plane to Paris on Fri­day, Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump dis­puted re­ports that his press sec­re­tary spread a doc­tored video of Jim Acosta’s en­counter with a White House in­tern and threat­ened that oth­ers may have their White House cre­den­tials pulled, as was done with the CNN cor­re­spon­dent.

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 Wed­nes­day.

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.

“It wasn’t doc­tored,” the pres­i­dent said dur­ing a brief me­dia avail­abil­ity out­side the White House. “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 with his treat­ment of 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 alotandy­ouaskalotof­s­tupid ques­tions.” In re­sponse, CNN said through its Twit­ter feed that Phillip’s ques­tion wasn’t stupid.

Trump said he hadn’t made a de­ci­sion when asked by a re­porter how long Acosta would re­main in the “penalty box.” But he said there could be oth­ers.

“When you’re in the White House, this is a very sa­cred place to be,” he said. “This is a very spe­cial place. You have to treat the White House with re­spect. You have to treat the pres­i­dency with re­spect.”

De­spite los­ing his White House pass and the abil­ity to travel with Trump and the rest of the press corps on Air Force One, Acosta went to Paris to cover Trump’s meet­ing with world lead­ers this week­end.

He tweeted a photo of him­self stand­ing in front of the Eif­fel Tower early Fri­day.

Jim Acosta

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