Sarah Sanders promotes an altered video of CNN reporter

The White House suspended CNN chief White House correspondent Jim Acosta's press pass on Wednesday night, hours after Acosta pressed Trump at a press conference.

"I mean, you talk about somebody that's a loser", Trump said about Ryan.

The comments, the latest outbursts in Trump's long history of hostility towards the press, have drawn criticism from civil liberties groups. She said on the network that the three presidents she covered prior to Trump may not have liked every question she asked, but understood why she did so.

During that conference, CNN reporter Jim Acosta and Trump had a heated exchange, which included a White House staffer trying to yank the microphone from Acosta's hand.

Other journalists speculated that Acosta losing his "hard pass" access to the White House was "unprecedented", somehow forgetting Obama's war with Fox News that included spying "extensively on Fox News reporter James Rosen in 2010, collecting his telephone records, tracking his movements in and out of the State Department and seizing two days of Rosen's personal emails", according to a Department of Justice report.

Acosta, who also had a testy exchange with Trump during the same news conference, came to Ryan's defense on Twitter.

"You are a rude awful person, you should not be working for CNN", Trump said, further baselessly accusing him of reporting "fake news" and calling him an "enemy of the people". She has said that U.S. President Donald Trump often disparages women of color.

Several journalists and organizations - including the American Society of News Editors, the Associated Press Media Editors and the Online News Association - demanded Acosta's press pass be reinstated. "The way you treat other people is disgusting!"

In another infamous case, Acosta told White House official Stephen Miller that preference shouldn't be given to immigrants who know English, even though that's already a requirement for naturalization.

Trump also cast doubt on the stated rationale for stripping Acosta's credential. During their verbal altercation on Wednesday, Trump called Acosta a "terrible person". The White House Correspondents' Association and other journalism groups have backed him up, not to mention CNN. How dare you belittle our black female journalist. You and I have a difference of opinion.

One of the most lucid responses to the scandal has actually come from Jimmy Kimmel, who had a very succinct solution to the whole thing: fire Sarah Huckabee Sanders.

The WHCA called on the White House to "immediately reverse this weak and misguided action".

"She should be forced to resign for that", he continued.

"Sometimes we ask questions that they did not like, and maybe there would have been a bit of retaliation and fight-back", Ryan added. In her statement announcing Acosta's suspension, she said the White House won't tolerate "a reporter placing his hands on a young woman just trying to do her job". "I think this also may be the first time I've ever seen Sarah Sanders take the woman's side on any subject, ever".

  • Rogelio Becker