White House shares doctored video to support punishment of CNN's Jim Acosta

RAGING Donald Trump branded CCN reporter Jim Acosta a'terrible person

RAGING Donald Trump branded CCN reporter Jim Acosta a'terrible person

Acosta rudely rebuffed the poor woman, moving the mic away from her as if they were playing high stakes keep-away.

Trump leaned into the microphone and said, "Here we go"? seemingly relishing the confrontation.

"They took the C-SPAN video, threw away half the frames and reblended them back together to make it seem full".

In a later tweet, Mr Acosta said Ms Sanders' assertion he placed his hands on the woman was "a lie".

Critics said that video - which sped up the movement of Acosta's arms in a way that dramatically changed the journalist's response - was deceptively edited to score political points.

Defending Acosta, the CNN said the Trump administration's decision was "a threat to democracy". You shouldn't be working for CNN, ' the president said to Acosta.

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"In Jim's defense, I've traveled with him and watched him, he's a diligent reporter who busts his butt like the rest of us", Alexander said.

NBC, in particular, took some heat for their coverage of the altercation, with many conservatives wondering if Acosta should have put his hands on the staffer as she tried to take the microphone back. "When you report Fake News, which CNN does a lot, you are the enemy of the people".

Earlier in the day, President Donald Trump called Acosta a "rude, bad person" during a press conference and tried to cut off his questioning.

"The most risky type of fake news and reporting and evidence is when you get into the fine details, the nuanced things that are shaped to present a certain viewpoint or decision or news a certain way", he said. Trump became frustrated with Acosta's antics.

"On the campaign trail you called yourself a nationalist", she asked. "And it is so sad that you asked me, and no, you rudely interrupted him".

Trump added that the way Acosta had treated Press Secretary Sarah Sanders was "awful". The article also said that the USA president "probably always planned to jettison" former United States attorney general Jeff Sessions.

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The intern attempted to grab the microphone from Mr Acosta, who nevertheless tried to shout out one last question.

President Trump then told Acosta, "that's enough" and tried to move on to another questioner.

Trump also accused Acosta of treating Press Secretary Sarah Sanders in a way that was "awful".

No one is suggesting that Acosta threatened President Donald Trump.

"I was seated next to ⁦Acosta⁩ at today's press conference and did not witness him "placing his hands" on the young intern, as the White House alleges", Reuters correspondent Jeff Mason wrote on Twitter.

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Peter Baker, of The New York Times tweeted, "This is something I've never seen since I started covering the White House in 1996".

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