Did White House share doctored video of incident involving CNN reporter?

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On Wednesday, the White House shockingly pulled the credentials of reporter Jim Acosta, after the CNN reporter got into a heated exchange with President Trump during a televised press conference. Acosta chose to ask Trump why he seemingly "demonized" the immigrants traveling to the American border at the moment.

Two battled until Trump called him "a rude, bad person" and said, "CNN should be ashamed of itself". After Jimmy Kimmel introduced his gag for the Ruth Bader Gins-bubble, both he and Stephen Colbert called for Sarah Huckabee Sanders to be fired as White House press secretary over her promotion of doctored footage.

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".

Later Sarah Sanders tweeted that Acosta had been "placing hands" on the intern.

When a White House intern attempted to take the microphone from Acosta three times, he held onto it and continued questioning Trump.

When a White House intern tried to take a microphone from Acosta, he blocked her with his arm. "You are a rude, bad person", Trump added.

"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", Trump said. "CNN should be ashamed of themselves, having you work for them", he said. "It was about his racist ad on the caravan that they were running before the midterms". Mr. Acosta has called the accusation a lie.

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The "hard pass", which speeds up entry to the White House grounds, was suspended by the Trump administration on Wednesday night, CNN reported. "You run CNN and if you did it well, your ratings would be much better".

Trump said the way Acosta treats Sanders is "horrible".

Waving his finger, Trump berated him.

The president then moved to address the next questioner, NBC News White House correspondent Peter Alexander, who defended Acosta.

I'd say "willingness to mislead" is the functional equivalent of a lie. It was done in retaliation for his challenging questions at today's press conference.

Despite the video's dubious origins, Sanders doubled down in a White House statement on Thursday saying "The question is: did the reporter make contact or not?"