The president admonished him as "a rude, awful person", one of several attacks and insults he hurled at.
Saturday Night Live tackled the recent controversy over the removal of CNN's Jim Acosta's credentials on "Weekend Update", as a "White House intern" appeared on the show and snatched co-anchor Colin Jost's pencil.
"President Trump believes in a free press and expects and welcomes tough questions of him and his Administration", Sanders wrote in a series of tweets. "What a stupid question".
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.
On Friday, the president lashed out at Acosta again, calling him "a very unprofessional guy".
"Things have gotten contentious between the president and the press, but this is unlike anything we've seen since the days that African Americans were first allowed into the White House to report", said Marcia Chatelain, an African-American studies professor at Georgetown University. But since moving into the White House, he has mused privately about taking away credentials, CNN reported earlier this year. CNN, she said, was irresponsible to suggest the president was to blame for a pipe bomb sent to the outlet in October.
Trump also accused her of disrespecting his position.
During a brief media availability outside the White House, the president gave more fodder to fans who enjoy watching him scrap with journalists. Trump has repeatedly shot down suggestions that he is racist.
Reporters who were there, including those closer than I was, didn't feel that way.
"I think it's a really strong lawsuit", Floyd Abrams, a noted First Amendment lawyer, told CNN on Sunday.
"You talk about somebody that's a loser", he said.
Of course, Trump has frequently sparred with white reporters, as well.
"What a stupid question".
The White House News Photographers Association decried the sharing of the footage.
Yamiche Alcindor, another journalist who was insulted by Trump at the Wednesday press conference, also expressed solidarity with Ryan. "What a stupid question, and I watch you a lot, and you ask a lot of stupid questions".
"What do you mean by edited or - as others are saying - "doctored" video?"
Stelter then asked if they should sue, and Abrams said yes.
Trump, she said, doesn't seem to appreciate that. In fact she asked THE KEY SMART question: "does he want his acting AG to mess with Mueller probe - one he calls a witch hunt". "It's the prerogative of the White House to decide who gets a pass and who does not".
The White House dismissed CNN's complaint as "grandstanding" and vowed to "vigorously defend" against the lawsuit. Every time Trump engages pugnaciously with a reporter, he throws red meat to his base.
When Acosta challenged the president on his use of the word "invasion" to describe a caravan of mainly Honduran migrants and asylum seekers heading to the U.S. border, Trump launched an attack on the CNN journalist, as an aide tried to physically remove the microphone from Acosta's hands.
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