Donald Trump just lashed out at reporters April Ryan and Jim Acosta on Friday, and suggested he could pull press credentials from other reporters who don’t show him “respect.”
The comments come two days after Trump suspended the press pass of CNN Chief White House Correspondent Jim Acosta after a contentious exchange during a news conference.
“I think Jim Acosta is a very unprofessional man,” Trump said of Acosta.
Asked how long Acosta’s credentials will be suspended, the president replied: “As far as I’m concerned, I haven’t made that decision. But it could be others also.”
Trump singled out April Ryan of American Urban Radio Networks, saying that “she’s very nasty and she shouldn’t be”. He has often clashed with Ryan, a persistent Trump critic who last year became a CNN contributor.
“Talk about somebody who’s a loser,” Trump said. “She doesn’t know what the hell she’s doing.”
Ryan responded on CNN afterward, calling Trump’s comments about her “terrible.”
Ryan has been critical of the Trump administration and its staff, once suggesting that White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders had threatened her and also that Trump harbors racist sentiments.
Trump also told told another Black female journalist, Abby Phillip of CNN, that her perfectly normal, good and important question was “a stupid question.”
“What a stupid question that is. What a stupid question. But I watch you a lot, you ask a lot of stupid questions.”
Trump also disputed claims that video shared by White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders of the Acosta incident was doctored.
“Nobody manipulated, give me a break. That is dishonest reporting. All that was was a close up,” he said.
Experts say the video, which the White House used to justify its decision to pull Acosta’s credentials, was doctored.
TRUMP says of JIM ACOSTA, "I don't think he's a smart person," smears APRIL RYAN as "a loser" and "nasty."
"You've got to treat the White House and the office of the presidency with respect." pic.twitter.com/DwXz8JhKa3
— Aaron Rupar (@atrupar) November 9, 2018