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Trump demeans three black female reporters in two days

Trump demeans three black female reporters in two days

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". Instead, Acosta continued with a second question about the Russian investigation, which Trump shrugged off with another curt answer.

Acosta had his press pass revoked after that presser for refusing to hand over the White House microphone and pushing away the arm of the White House aide who tried to take it from him.

The White House Correspondents' Association is denouncing the decision to bar Acosta, calling it unacceptable and disproportionate to the purported offence.

Mr Acosta, CNN's chief White House correspondent, said he was informed by Secret Service officers that he could not enter for his scheduled 8pm broadcast. "You have got to treat the White House and the office of the presidency with respect".

Wednesday's performance was never about journalism, and the first clue to that is how few questions Acosta actually asks. "And the way you treat other people is terrible". He called the White House accusations "a lie". I mean, she intentionally disseminated doctored video to discredit a reputable journalist.

"I don't think he's a smart person, but he's got a loud voice", Trump added.

Despite losing his White House pass, Acosta is expected to travel to Paris this weekend to cover Trump's trip to meet with world leaders.

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In announcing Acosta's suspension, Sanders said, "The fact that CNN is proud of the way their employee behaved is not only disgusting, it is an example of their outrageous disregard for everyone, including young women, who work in this administration".

The White House yanked Acosta's press credentials after his controversial conduct during the fiery briefing with Trump on Wednesday.

After gushing about Whitaker while claiming he doesn't know the man he tagged to fill Jeff Sessions' former position, Trump was asked if he expects Whitaker to get involved with the Russian Federation probe or rein Mueller in.

She says that she'd been asking about voter suppression, a far more serious problem than voter fraud. He commented on the Acosta event: "Not only didn't he accost her-he said 'pardon me, ma'am.' But that's where the Hucka-B.S. machine comes in".

"No one manipulated it - give me a break", Trump said. "Even if President Trump doesn't intend it, some see him as directly appealing to the racists", she wrote. "You run CNN, and if you did it well, your ratings would be higher", Trump said.

While Trump being nasty to reporters isn't new, there's something especially notable about Friday's insults: They were both targeted at African-American women journalists.

Other journalists speculated that Acosta losing his "hard pass" access to the White House was "unprecedented", somehow forgetting Obama's war with Fox News that included spying "extensively on Fox News reporter James Rosen in 2010, collecting his telephone records, tracking his movements in and out of the State Department and seizing two days of Rosen's personal emails", according to a Department of Justice report.