Acosta also called Sanders' statement "a lie", but the White House stood by the charge, and Trump on Friday denied the video Sanders released - which reportedly was created by a contributor to the wingnut website InfoWars - had been doctored.
Both SPJ and the White House Correspondents' Association (WHCA) indicated that the White House made the decision because Acosta asked tough questions. Acosta asked the US leader about his claim that Central American migrants walking through Mexico toward the southern USA border were "invading" the country. He expressed annoyance at the types of questions that are asked, the way that they are asked, and what reporters have said about him, i.e. their type of coverage. "She gets publicity and then she gets the pay raise or she gets a contract with, I think, CNN, but she's very nasty and she shouldn't be", Trump added.
Sarah Huckabee Sanders later announced that they would be suspending Acosta's press credentials, sharing a video that appeared to show Acosta jerking his arm into the arm of the woman reaching for his mic. Smith told Motherboard via email that he could detect duplicate frames in the White House video, which could indicate it was doctored.
He called Ryan "a loser" who "doesn't know what the hell she's doing". The video is clear. "You rudely interrupted him", Trump told her, referring to another reporter. After Acosta finally gives the mic up, Trump chose to attack him personally.
Despite losing his White House pass, Acosta is expected to travel to Paris this weekend to cover Trump's trip to meet with world leaders. "I will continue to ask the questions that affect America, all of America".
CNN's other White House reporters and producers have been unaffected by the action against Acosta.
The president also said, "CNN should be ashamed of itself [for] having you working for them". "I watch you a lot", he said.
Richard Tofel, the president of ProPublica, tweeted on Friday morning, "What is the plan for when Trump concocts an excuse for vetoing a reporter" from the New York Times or Washington Post?
"I saw someone who I think was very very frustrated and very very angry that I was bringing up the fact that some people think he was emboldening white nationalists", Alcindor said on "Hardball With Chris Matthews" on Wednesday. "Unfortunately, or maybe fortunately because you can see for yourself what it is, perception is reality with this president".