Sarah Sanders' Jim Acosta video appears manipulated, producer Abba Shapiro says

Trump told Acosta to sit down and demanded someone take away his microphone. Image AFPMore

The video comes after Sanders went on a Twitter thread detailing why the White House was revoking Acosta's press pass, who has been a frequent target of criticism from President Donald Trump prior to yesterday's interaction. He asked Trump why he has characterised it as an invasion. A White House intern tried to take the microphone away from him. While President Trump has made it clear he does not respect a free press, he has sworn obligation to protect it.

But the White House maintains that Mr Acosta was in the wrong, with Ms Sanders tweeting that his actions were "absolutely unacceptable".

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Acosta responded nearly immediately to Sanders' statement on Twitter, calling it "a lie".

"(Sanders) provided fraudulent accusations and cited an incident that never happened. CNN called his suspension "unprecedented" and "a threat to our democracy". "Jim Acosta has our full support". But that's - that's a really - I think something that people are looking at and are very concerned that there are white nationalists walking around in the White House, as the president says that just asking about them is racist.

CNN said in a statement that the White House revoked Acosta's press pass out of "retaliation for his challenging questions" on Wednesday.

The difference is, his fellow journalists everywhere didn't do a karate chop on a White House intern's arm as she tried to do her job. "We will not tolerate the inappropriate behaviour clearly documented in this video", Sanders tweeted.

Acosta accused the president of attempting to frighten voters ahead of the midterms with ads depicting the migrant caravan as invaders. "But they have to come in legally".

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They weren't the only ones taking to Twitter to have their say. But the president used rhetoric and his bully pulpit to try to make a point. "You run CNN, and if you did it well, your ratings would be higher", Trump said. Acosta refused. Trump backed away from his podium and briefly paced the stage.

'That's enough, Put down the mike, ' Trump told him.

"I'll tell you what".

"CNN should be ashamed of themselves, having you work for them", he said.

Why Trump even called on Acosta, whose reporting he has long complained about, is unclear.

As more clashes with reporters followed, Trump, exasperated but energised, summed up what is sure to be repeated at the rallies where chants of "CNN sucks!" have become a favorite chorus.

The president then turned to NBC News' Peter Alexander, who tried to defend Acosta.

Meghan McCain was also distraught at the discourse on display, posting, "I got 4 hours of sleep last night and can't emotionally deal with Trump's presser right now".

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