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President Donald Trump told reporters at the White House today that CNN reporter Jim Acosta is "a very unprofessional man" after tangling with him at a news conference on Wednesday.

"Look, I don't think he's a smart person, but he's got a loud voice", Trump said, adding that "it could be others" whose press passes he might revoke.

Other than President Trump, his press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders has served up the fiercest of the White House's responses to Acosta. The reporter was in the midst of a terse back-and-forth with Trump, whom he was trying to ask a question about a migrant caravan heading for the U.S. It also prompted the White House to suspend his hard pass.

Trump scolded Ryan and told her to sit down when she called out a question at Wednesday's wild and fiery press conference.

Phillip, a CNN reporter and former Washington Post journalist, drew Trump's wrath on Friday, after she asked whether he hoped Matthew Whitaker, Trump's appointee as acting attorney general, would "rein in" special counsel Robert Mueller's probe of Trump's presidential campaign. Her job is very clearly to undermine journalists whenever it protects her boss.

Trump responded the the allegations Friday, saying, "It wasn't doctored".

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 Canadian parliamentary press gallery opposes the arbitrary cancellation of a reporter's accreditation as an unjustifiable limit on media access to a democratically elected government and a limit on the free press", president Philippe-Vincent Foisy said in a statement. "The past two years have been filled with assaults on the media and Donald Trump's comments this week have reached an all-time low with attacks on three black female journalists".

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As for Acosta, CNN sent him to Paris to cover Trump's visit to France to make the 100th anniversary of the end of World War I. The trip follows Tuesday's mid-term elections, which ended with Democrats taking power in the House of Representatives and Republicans keeping the majority in the Senate.

The White House earlier this week revoked Acosta's access credentials without any indication about if it would be reinstated. However, Trump derided his argument, calling him "Mr Kellyanne Conway" and insisted that Conway, who has been a critic of Trump, was only interested in publicity.

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"What a stupid question you asked", Trump replied.

On Twitter, Acosta responded to Sanders' statement with, simply: "This is a lie". And Acosta has been one of the more visible thorns in the side of the White House.

As I said yesterday, I have no desire to defend Infowars and don't trust them or their denials, but these were independent experts with different views.

One of Trump's most hostile exchanges this week with a reporter of color came when he sparred with Alcindor when she asked Trump whether he worries his rhetoric is emboldening white nationalists.