Published: Fri, November 09, 2018
Worldwide | By Isabel Fisher

Trump blasts reporter as ‘rude’; CNN calls attacks on press ‘un-American’

Trump blasts reporter as ‘rude’; CNN calls attacks on press ‘un-American’

"You are are a rude, awful person".

After two years of being blocked by the White House and the Trump Organisation at every turn, Democrats hope the new year brings a new day on such issues as foreign government spending at Trump properties, Trump's foreign licensing deals, Trump administration ties to lobbyists and special interests, and spending by Trump's charitable foundation.

Reporters don't get routine access to the Prime Minister's Office, but media credentials to access Parliament Hill are managed by the National Press Gallery, not the PMO.

Wallace appeared on Fox News host Dana Perino's afternoon program where he called Acosta's approach more of an argument than a question.

In what is already three national crises ago, but still a big f*cking deal, White House press secretary revoked CNN reporter Jim Acosta's press pass as a distraction from the fact that Trump fired his Attorney General as a distraction from the fact that his party got wiped out in the House.

The White House did not respond to multiple queries about the origin of the video.

"The edited video looks authentic: Acosta appeared to swiftly chop down on the arm of an aide as he held onto a microphone while questioning President Trump".

"The question is: did the reporter make contact or not?"

"President Trump believes in a free press and expects and welcomes tough questions of him and his Administration".

"We will, however, never tolerate a reporter placing his hands on a young woman just trying to do her job as a White House intern".

A video shared on Twitter by the White House press secretary, Sarah Huckabee Sanders, however, makes Acosta's movement appear more violent. "Surely you don't trust InfoWars.?" he said on Twitter.

The site, InfoWars, has been a longtime supporter of Donald Trump's, and Trump has reciprocated the admiration with an interview when he was running for president.

Many in the media industry were furious with Ms Sanders for sharing the video, including one of Mr Acosta's colleagues. Trump then said he wanted immigrants to "come in legally". "A free press is vital to democracy, and we stand behind Jim Acosta and his fellow journalists everywhere".

Acosta shot back at the accusation of misconduct, tweeting "this is a lie" as his network and a number of Washington journalists who had been at the press conference voiced support for him.

Analysis: The era of total Trump control is overAn election night of firsts: From Colorado's gay and Jewish governor, to Native American and Muslim women heading to Congress ■ Benjamin Netanyahu just lost the USA midterms ■ Thank you, America's women. His statement, "Pardon me, maam", is not included in the video Sanders shared. You and I have a difference of opinion.

Matt Dornic, a vice-president at CNN, said: "Absolutely shameful, @PressSec".

It's unusual for the White House to pull the so-called hard passes from journalists. "Even if President Trump doesn't intend it, some see him as directly appealing to the racists", she wrote. He called reporters rude, hostile, unfair.

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