Trump Calls April Ryan A "Loser" And Slams Abby Phillip

Clay Curtis
November 10, 2018

President Trump on Friday called journalist Jim Acosta "a very unprofessional man", and he suggested that the White House could suspend other journalists in addition to the CNN reporter for disrespecting the presidency.

Trump eventually said to him, after some heated back and forth, "Honestly, I think you should let me run the country, you run CNN, and if you did it well, your ratings would be much better" - before trying to move along to another reporter.

That's a good description of Wednesday's testy encounter between CNN White House reporter Jim Acosta and President Trump, which started with Acosta challenging the president's claim that the refugee migrant march toward the USA border amounted to a unsafe "invasion".

Jim Acosta clearly never touched that White House intern, that's just a lie. You know, he gets paid to burst in. 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.

Pulling a journalist's White House pass is rare and the misconduct bar is high.

He then turned his attention to National Urban Radio's April Ryan - whom he repeatedly ordered to "sit down" at Wednesday's contentious press conference.

Acosta later tweeted that his press credentials to the White House had been revoked.

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"First of all, thank you for being kind enough to understand that those words are bad for a sitting United States President versus someone who's been covering presidents from before him and will probably after he leaves" Ryan said. Interesting sentence in wire service account:

While the origin of the manipulated video is unclear, its distribution marked a new low for an administration that has been criticized for its willingness to mislead.
She said on the network that the three presidents she covered prior to Trump may not have liked every question she asked, but understood why she did so.

"The same thing with April Ryan", Trump said. Every time Trump engages pugnaciously with a reporter, he throws red meat to his base.

As for Acosta, CNN sent him to Paris to cover Trump's visit to France to make the 100th anniversary of the end of World War I. The trip follows Tuesday's mid-term elections, which ended with Democrats taking power in the House of Representatives and Republicans keeping the majority in the Senate.

Acosta asked very few actual questions during his exchange with Trump.

"What a stupid question that is", Trump said. "She intentionally disseminated doctored video footage to discredit a reputable journalist. He's a very unprofessional guy", Trump said. "The way you treat other people is awful!" She doesn't know what the hell she's doing.

These comments come after a very contentious week between the White House and Jim Acosta. "But it could be others also", he said.

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