White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders tweeted a video of the encounter which came from Paul Joseph Watson, an editor-at-large for the far-right conspiracy website InfoWars, which some experts say was doctored to make Acosta's contact with the intern look more aggressive. "You've gotta treat the White House and the office of the presidency with respect".
The heated exchange began after Acosta clung to the microphone and persisted with questions about the president's repeated and angry denunciation of a caravan of poor Central American migrants making their way through Mexico to the United States border.
If by "respect" Trump means the type of questions that are asked and the way they are asked, the White House is on shaky legal footing.
CNN and several major journalism advocacy groups denounced the White House's move. The video released by CNN Communications clearly shows that Acosta made contact with her as she attempted to take the microphone away from him after he turned yet another press briefing into a circus. The channel said the revocation "was done in retaliation for his [Acosta] challenging questions".
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In response, CNN said through its Twitter feed that Phillip's question wasn't stupid. Rather, Mason said he saw Acosta holding on to the microphone as the intern reached for it.
The incident is the latest in a series of clashes between the president and mainstream media outlets, following a spate of comments from Trump calling unfavorable coverage "fake news" and threatening to revoke credentials at some organizations. "In fact, she asked the most pertinent question of the day", CNN said. "I want to challenge you", Acosta began in the packed room of reporters.
Between Ryan, Phillip and Yamiche Alcindor of PBS' "NewsHour", that makes three black, female reporters that the president dealt with harshly in the past three days.
CNN and other White House reporters defended Acosta, saying there was nothing wrong with his questioning of Trump and that he did not inappropriately touch the assistant. Trump called the journalist a "rude awful person" and accused his network CNN of reporting "fake news". [President Trump's] personal insults are nothing new.
"When you're in the White House, this is a very sacred place to be", he said.
On Friday, Trump said of Acosta, "He was not nice to that young woman". The president has a long history of insulting the intelligence of women and people of color.