President Trump escalated his war with the media on Friday, telling one reporter, "You ask a lot of stupid questions", calling another "a loser" - and threatening to yank White House credentials from other reporters if they don't show him "great respect".
"I came in here as a nice person wanting to answer questions, and I had people jumping out of their seats screaming questions at me", said Trump, who talked for almost 90 minutes despite the run-ins with reporters.
Bill O'Reilly blasted CNN's Jim Acosta, saying the network's White House correspondent's confrontation with President Donald Trump at a recent press conference was "embarrassing and unnecessary". Acosta's pass was revoked by the administration after he refused to give up the microphone during a Wednesday press conference in which Trump called him "a rude, awful person".
Acosta, who also had a testy exchange with Trump during the same news conference, came to Ryan's defense on Twitter. "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.
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Ryan, who has worked as the White House bureau chief for American Urban Reporters Network for more than 20 years, did not immediately respond to a request for comment from The Baltimore Sun.
"President Trump believes in a free press and expects and welcomes tough questions of him and his Administration", Sanders said in a statement.
A 20-year veteran of the White House beat, Ryan pointed out that each president before Trump "understood that reporters were part of the underpinnings of this nation".
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"What a stupid question that is", Trump said.
Other social media users are sharing one of Mr Trump's tweets from 2013 where he criticises the "intimidation of its reporters". Trump responded: "Well, I'm not a big fan of yours, either".
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.
"The fact that CNN is proud of the way their employee behaved is not only disgusting, it's an example of their outrageous disregard for everyone, including young women, who work in this Administration", Sanders stated. "Abby Phillip did not ask a "stupid" question today at the White House". She was simply trying to do her job, while Acosta hung onto the mic and would not hand it over.
Waving his finger, Trump berated him.
Olivier Knox, president of the White House Correspondents Association, said his organization's board met Thursday with Sanders and White House communications director Bill Shine for what it expected to be a series of conversations about Acosta's status. As the Society of Professional Journalists warns, "injecting oneself into the story or creating news events for coverage is not objective reporting, and it ultimately calls into question the ability of a journalist to be independent, which can damage credibility".
CNN has been working behind the scenes on a resolution that would restore Acosta's pass.