"I don't think he's a smart person, but he's got a loud voice, and as far as I'm concerned, I haven't made that decision. But it could be others also", he said. The video shared by the White House was an edited version of an original documentation of the event.
/ Shapiro says the video on the left appears blurry because it's slowed down and then sped up. The beginning of the clip has extra frames that would be indicative of an adjustment to slow the clip down, and then the actual moment of the incident is sped up to make Acosta's actions look more aggressive than they actually were.
Acosta's White House press credential was suspended after the encounter with Trump on Wednesday after the White House claimed that the reporter "laid hands" on a White House intern who was trying to grab the microphone away. "Pardon me ma'am", he said. He cited several requirements, set by precedent, that the White House should have to meet to revoke a pass, none of which were met. They both agreed that this will happen again, now that the White House is setting the position.
Trump, on the other hand, has been trying to block reporters since before he became president. I mean, you talk about somebody that's a loser. "She doesn't know what the hell she is doing".
"I hope I'm not mistaken, but it's my understanding that CNN and Acosta have sued. But she's very nasty".
"This is that White House intern who tried to grab the mic from Jim- no, you can not just take my pencil".
Trump's combative relationship with the media in general, and CNN in particular, has been a fixture of his time in federal politics, fuelling support from a grassroots, blue-collar base that cheers his descriptions of unfriendly reporters as "enemies of the people" and their work as "fake news".
In addition, Trump went after Ryan - a correspondent for the American Urban Radio Networks and a CNN contributor - who has similarly been aggressive in her questioning of the president.
In fact, Phillip's question was not stupid - it was incredibly relevant as Matt Whitaker, who just took over as interim AG following the forced resignation of Jeff Sessions, has been highly critical of the Mueller investigation. [President Trump's] personal insults are nothing new. There are many countries that do not allow reporters into the presidential residence in that way.
"I've never met [Acosta]", continued Watters.
On Friday morning, before leaving on a trip to France to mark the 100th anniversary of the end of World War I, Trump stopped to speak to members of the press.