On Friday, as the President prepared to leave for France, he stopped to talk with reporters on the White House lawn. While talking with the press, the president was asked about White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders’ decision to share a video, doctored by InfoWars, that she claimed showed Acosta touching a White House aide. In fact, video of the interaction shows Acosta did no such thing, actually turning from the aide who was trying to take the microphone out of his hand during a press conference with the president on Wednesday.
After the press conference, the White House pulled Acosta’s press credentials, banning him from the White House. Sanders justified the unprecedented move by pointing to the doctored video as reason for the decision to oust Acosta. Experts have confirmed the InfoWars version of the video is indeed doctored.
When asked about the doctored video, Trump responded, “Ah, the taped video of Acosta? What are you talking about?” He continued, “Nobody manipulated it — give me a break. See, that’s just dishonest reporting. All that is is a close-up. See, that’s just — that is just dishonest reporting.”
— CSPAN (@cspan) November 9, 2018
Trump went on saying, “I watched that, I heard that last night.” He continued, “They made it close up. They showed it close up. And he was not nice to that young woman. I don’t hold him for that, because it wasn’t overly, you know, horrible. But all that was — when you say ‘doctored,’ you’re a dishonest guy. Because it wasn’t doctored. They gave a close-up view. That’s not doctoring.”
The president’s choice to say a doctored video is the truth is yet another example of his insistence that people believe him and only him. He made his position clear earlier this year at a campaign rally when he said, “Don’t believe the crap you see from these people, the fake news,” Trump said as he pointed to members of the media, “Just remember, what you’re seeing and what you’re reading is not what’s happening.”