U.S. President Donald Trump said he might not return CNN reporter Jim Acosta's pass to get into the White House and that other journalists may lose their credentials as well, after he argued with Acosta at a post-election news conference on Wednesday.
"Look, I don't think he's a smart person, but he's got a loud voice", he added.
McCain said that she doesn't believe it was an assault against the White House intern, but she thinks Acosta was "grandstanding".
Trump said he hadn't made a decision when asked by a reporter how long Acosta would remain in the "penalty box".
The CNN reporter began his question to the president by saying he wanted to "challenge" him on his decision to call the latest Central American migrant caravan traveling to the US up through Mexico an "invasion". "He gets paid to do that", Trump said.
Regan shot back by pointing to Trump's exchange with "white male correspondent" Jim Acosta, "just in case you were too inside your own head, April, and too inside your own situation to actually notice anything else that was going on in the room". "You have to treat the presidency with respect".
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In his press availability, Trump also went after April Ryan, a reporter for American Urban Radio Networks, as someone who did not show respect. "When he says to the president of the United States in the middle of a news conference, 'It's not an invasion, ' that's his opinion".
"And that's why the White House did this, and I support that".
"I'll tell you what, CNN should be ashamed of itself having you working for them". In footage posted by other news organizations, Acosta can be seen coming into contact with the intern, but the motion is less forceful.
"The fact that the White House press secretary is promoting this doctored video is reprehensible, and grounds for dismissal", Colbert said. That doesn't mean you forgo tough questions, I never did that, but it does mean you think about your tone and phrasing.
If Acosta "wants to be an editorial writer" or a columnist or the host of a nighttime television show - then "more power to him", Fleischer also said. He was promoted to chief White House correspondent earlier this year. "I will continue to ask the questions that affect America, all of America".
Many reporters who witnessed the encounter in person came to Acosta's defense, saying he was just trying to hold onto the microphone. During the George W. Bush presidency, Trude Feldman, who worked for various news outlets, was suspended for 90 days after security cameras recorded her looking through a press aide's desk late one night.