White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders accused Acosta of "placing his hands" on the intern, although the video Sanders shared doesn't appear to support this, and the Reuters reporter next to Acosta says he merely saw the reporter hold on to his microphone.
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.
And so the White House - there's a level of decorum that needs to happen in that room; he's not following it.
In his press availability, Trump also went after April Ryan, a reporter for American Urban Radio Networks, as someone who did not show respect.
The press conference started to devolve, however, when Acosta challenged President Trump on characterizing the migrant caravan as invaders.
Tottenham vs. PSV Eindhoven live stream
This, in turn, jumped him up into 18th spot in the overall goalscoring charts , above Gunners legend Ian Wright. If we have to play a different way, we have to play a different way.
Press advocates anxious, though, that Trump might bar these reporters from the White House if they continued to hit him with tough questions.
"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.
Trump made the disparaging comment while talking to reporters as he was departing for Paris, France.
Addressing a question about suspending press credentials for other reporters, Trump did not rule out the idea. The White House News Photographers Association has called the footage "deceptive, dangerous, and unethical", and of course, if true, such a manipulation would be an egregious violation of governmental and journalistic practices.
CNN have since defended the reporter and praised others for standing up for themselves during the tense exchange.
Trump added that Acosta's treatment of Sanders "is a disgrace".
Trump has disparaged many people, so his responses to Phillip, Ryan and Alcindor might simply reflect equal-opportunity contempt.
Despite the video's veracity being questioned, Sanders on Thursday reiterated that the administration will stand by its decision to revoke Acosta's hard pass. In fact, she asked the most pertinent question of the day. Surely, the media offered former President Obama such deference, but it is quite disturbing they refuse to give this President the same level of regard.