Saturday, 15 December, 2018

Trump slams 'stupid question' from female reporter, calls April Ryan a 'loser'

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| 14 November, 2018, 04:51

US President Donald Trump has threatened to revoke the credentials of more White House reporters, doubling down in response to criticism of his administration's decision to revoke credentials for CNN correspondent Jim Acosta.

"CNN filed a lawsuit against the Trump Administration this morning in DC District Court", the network said in a statement.

The White House suspended CNN chief White House correspondent Jim Acosta's press pass on Wednesday night, hours after Acosta pressed Trump at a press conference.

The network said it seeks an immediate restraining order returning the press pass to Acosta.

Abby Phillip asked the current US President if he wanted acting Attorney General Matt Whitaker to "rein in" special counsel Robert Mueller, who is investigating Russian interference into the 2016 federal elections and any related criminal activity.

Members of anti-Trump '#Resistance' sprung to Acosta's defense, slamming a crowd that was "so angry at CNN and Jim Acosta they were practically foaming at the mouth".

It's far from the first time Acosta has faced out of kilter with Trump fans or the president himself.

"You are a rude bad person, you should not be working for CNN", Trump said, further baselessly accusing him of reporting "fake news" and calling him an "enemy of the people".


Ryan also shared her own statement via Twitter, writing, "I love this country and have the most respect for the Office of the President. Sarah Huckabee Sanders should be fired and sent to live in a Joann Fabric store for all the rest of her days".

Trump also accused her of disrespecting his position.

During a brief media availability outside the White House, the president gave more fodder to fans who enjoy watching him scrap with journalists. And he has spared some reporters of color, such as Fox News White House correspondent Kevin Corke, who is black. "I will continue to ask the questions that affect America, all of America".

Sanders hasn't said where the video she posted comes from. Her question was about the widespread concerns that Trump's rhetoric emboldens white nationalists. "Nevertheless, Acosta's press pass was revoked, underscoring the false implication that Acosta had assaulted a defenseless staffer", Variety notes.

Named in CNN's lawsuit against the White House are Donald Trump, John Kelly, Sarah Sanders, Bill Shine, Joseph Clancy, and the Secret Service officer who took Acosta's hard pass away. Then Trump, visibly angry, forcefully pointed at Acosta and demanded, "That's enough, that's enough".

Acosta's attempts haven't come without criticism and that particular incident earned him a derisive critique from White House advisor Kellyanne Conway.

The CNN journalist tweeted a view of the Eiffel Tower, saying: "Greetings from Paris where we are on the ground for Trump's trip to France". Acosta went beyond probing about the president's "enemy of the people" remarks and seemed to challenge Sanders to list outlets and journalists that the White House thought fit that description.

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