Donald Trump calls CNN's Jim Acosta 'very unprofessional'

President Donald Trump speaks to CNN journalist Jim Acosta during a news conference at the White House on Nov. 7 2018 in Washington

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White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders has been accused of "doctoring" the footage of the incident between CNN's Jim Acosta, who has had his White House pass revoked, and a female intern.

"I don't think he's a smart person but he has a loud voice", Trump told reporters in a testy 20-plus-minute exchange before he left for Paris and a World War I commemoration ceremony.

The heated exchange began after Acosta clung to the microphone and persisted with questions about the president's repeated and angry denunciation of a caravan of poor Central American migrants making their way through Mexico to the United States border.

Instead of answering the question, Trump said, "What a stupid question you asked".

"He knew it would cause a problem and it would make a story", Huntsman said, as Behar tried to switch the discussion back to Trump.

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The president then moved to address the next questioner, NBC News White House correspondent Peter Alexander, who defended Acosta. "You have to treat the presidency with respect".

"Sources with direct knowledge tell Jonathan Swan that since the earliest days of his presidency, Trump has mused about revoking press credentials for reporters who infuriate him", Axios reports.

"Those words are bad from a sitting United States president, versus someone who has been covering presidents before he came, and probably after he leaves", she said on CNN.

The president said he had not decided if Acosta's pass would be reinstated and he suggested there "could be others" who lose their credentials.

Pulling a journalist's White House pass is rare and the misconduct bar is high. "I am proud to work for CNN, I have been working in this business for 21 years". He expressed annoyance at the types of questions that are asked, the way that they are asked, and what reporters have said about him, i.e. their type of coverage.

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He continued, "When you're in the White House, this is a very sacred place to me".

On Friday, Trump said of Acosta, "He was not nice to that young woman". "I can not defend Jim Acosta", Fleischer added.

"But that is not the job of White House reporters". It looks to me like he was trying to fend her off and got a little carried away trying to block her arm in the heat of an already heated moment. In the 1970s, President Richard Nixon tried to get Washington Post reporters banned from the White House. "I do think that they're trying to shut us down to some extent, inside the White House press corps". "I will continue to ask the questions that affect America, all of America".

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.

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