"Honestly, I think you should let me run the country". The White House revoked Acosta's press pass, and Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders justified it by sharing video, which CNN reports was doctored by the editor-in-chief of the far-right, American conspiracy theory and fake news website, InfoWars.
Both SPJ and the White House Correspondents' Association (WHCA) indicated that the White House made the decision because Acosta asked tough questions.
When NBC reporter Peter Alexander took the mic for the next question, he defended Mr Acosta as a "diligent reporter" - earning Mr Trump's ire.More news: Flight attendant breastfeeds stranger's baby on flight
"There's been efforts to silence me in the briefing room, there have been efforts to discredit me", she said.
On Friday, the president lambasted CNN White House correspondent Abby D. Phillip after she questioned him about special counsel Robert Mueller's Russian Federation probe after the appointment of Matthew Whitaker as acting attorney general. During the press conference, he told her to sit down because he hadn't called on her. Her job is very clearly to undermine journalists whenever it protects her boss.
Later on, CNN reporter Abby Phillip asked about Trump's appointment of Matthew Whitaker as acting attorney general. "She doesn't know what the hell she's doing", Trump said of Ryan on Friday.More news: Bill Nelson's lawyers are now challenging Florida's election signature law
Trump responded by saying, "What a stupid question", adding, "But I watch you a lot".
Acosta later tweeted that his press credentials to the White House had been revoked. The newspaper said that if Sanders was so offended by physical contact, "what did she have to say when her boss praised as "my kind of guy" Rep. Greg Gianforte of Montana, who was sentenced to anger management classes and community service for body-slamming a Guardian reporter last spring?"More news: Steve Kerr provides full update on Stephen Curry's sprained groin
Conway said Acosta should not have swiped at the White House aide before "grabbing the microphone back". "That's not doctoring", Trump later said. "You have to treat the presidency with respect". "And what you see is what you get from me".