Kellyanne Conway over the weekend defended the White House for sharing what appeared to be an edited video which incorrectly appeared to show CNN correspondent Jim Acosta assaulting a White House staffer. "What a stupid question and I watch you a lot and you ask a lot of stupid questions".
"Nobody manipulated it. All that is is a close-up", said the president, who then attacked the reporter for asking the question and called him "dishonest".
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.
"I'll tell you what, CNN should be ashamed of itself having you working for them".
"I'm sorry, you can't take my pencil, I'm sorry, is this the White-" he begins as she slowly lowers herself behind the desk while still trying to take the pencil.
"Just sit down", Trump said.
Acosta got into a shouting match with Trump during a press conference on Wednesday - and lost his access pass after being accused by the White House of "putting his hands" on an intern who tried to take a microphone away from him.
Journalists have lined up behind Acosta following the White House action, and the White House Correspondent's Association issued a statement shortly after CNN's lawsuit was made public that was "strongly" supportive of the legal action.
"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".
But according to Abba Shapiro, an independent video producer who examined the video for the Associated Press, the video appears to have been doctored. "You ask a lot of stupid questions", Trump told Phillip after she tried to ask him if acting Attorney General Matt Whitaker was asked to rein in Special Counsel Robert Mueller. He called the White House accusations a lie. "You may be ahead of me", Stelter replied.
Wednesday's performance was never about journalism, and the first clue to that is how few questions Acosta actually asks. "You have to treat the presidency with respect". "I will continue to ask the questions that affect America, all of America".