'You Ask a Lot of Stupid Questions'

Jim Acosta of CNN waits to do a live shot following the daily briefing at the White House in Washington Wednesday Aug. 2 2017

Trump on Friday called White House correspondent and CNN political analyst April Ryan a "loser" and "nasty", and hinted that he is considering revoking press credentials of journalists.

"I don't think he's a smart person, but he's got a loud voice", Mr. Trump said of the journalist.

Sanders accused Acosta of "placing his hands on a young woman just trying to do her job as a White House intern" and of preventing other reporters from asking questions at the news conference.

President Donald Trump threatened to revoke more reporters' access to the White House if they do not "treat the presidency with respect". He started off his exchange with the president by saying that he will "challenge" Trump on his description of the migrant caravan.

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

"You have to treat the White House of the office of the presidency with respect".

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If by "respect" Trump means the type of questions that are asked and the way they are asked, the White House is on shaky legal footing.

The differences are subtle but impactful: In the version shared by Sanders, Acosta's arm motion as he tries to keep the microphone away from the intern seems slightly sped up, making his motion appear more aggressive, nearly as though he is karate-chopping her. "I will continue to ask the questions that affect America, all of America".

"When I stood up, in his response, he tells me to 'sit down, ' in a condescending, very ugly matter", Ryan said. After Acosta finally gives the mic up, Trump chose to attack him personally.

Looking back at Mr Acosta, who again rose up in his own defense, Mr Trump added: "When you report fake news, which CNN does a lot, you are the enemy of the people". "What a stupid question, but I watch you a lot; you ask a lot of stupid questions".

Olivier Knox, president of the White House Correspondents Association, said his organization's board met Thursday with Sanders and White House communications director Bill Shine for what it expected to be a series of conversations about Acosta's status. Why might other journalists in the room react that way, and why did Fox News's Chris Wallace say that Acosta had "embarrassed himself" on Wednesday? When outside the infamous presidential building, Trump stopped to take reporters' questions about the removal of Jeff Sessions and the appointment of Matthew Whitaker to the position of attorney general.

Ryan took the high road on Twitter and also responded to Abby Phillip, who tweeted about Trump's comments. She doesn't know what the hell she's doing. "The way you treat other people is awful!"

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