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[VIDEO] Trump Calls Reporter April Ryan ’Nasty’ And Says She’s A ‘Loser’

Trump Calls April Ryan And Threatens To Revoke Her Press Credentials

President Donald Trump called White House correspondent and CNN political analyst April Ryan a “loser” and “nasty,” and also threatened to revoke her press credentials.

“I mean, you talk about somebody that’s a loser. She doesn’t know what the hell she’s doing,” Trump said about Ryan on Friday. “She gets publicity, and then she gets a pay raise. … She’s very nasty, and she shouldn’t be. You’ve gotta treat the White House and the office of the presidency with respect.”

Ryan had made an attempt to ask Trump a question concerning voter suppression during a news conference. Trump refused to answer the question repeatedly asked Ryan to sit down.

Photo: Paras Griffin/Getty Images for 2017 ESSENCE Festival

Ryan wrote a statement to Baltimore Sun saying that Trump’s disrespect has been going on for years.

“It has been going on for two [years],” Ryan wrote. “But I am okay and continue my job with the support of both CNN and American Urban Radio Networks.”

Ryan also took to Twitter to say, “I love this country and have the most respect for the Office of the President. I will continue to ask the questions that affect America, all of America.”

CNN correspondent Jim Acosta, who was recently banned from the office came to Ryan’s defense. On live TV, Acosta said that Trump was extremely rude to Ryan for simply asking questions. He then took to Twitter to defend her more, “My friend, April Ryan [is] an incredible journalist and a wonderful person. If you [get] to know April as I know her, you would love her too.”

This is far from Trump’s first time attacking black journalist in the industry. Early Friday morning, CNN’s Abby Phillip asked Trump if he “wanted [Mathew Whitaker] to rein in Robert Mueller?”

Trump responded by saying, “What a stupid question that is… What a stupid question. But I watch you a lot. You ask a lot of stupid questions.”

Phillip defended her question later on CNN by arguing it was actually a very important question. “It’s the most important question here because there are a lot of really clear questions about whether Matt Whitaker ought to be doing that given what he said publicly in the past about Mueller.”

CNN also released a statement defending Phillips question. “Abby Phillip did not ask a ‘stupid’ question today at the White House. In fact, she asked the most pertinent question of the day. Donald Trump’s personal insults are nothing new and never surprising.”

Leaders with the National Association of Black Journalist also called out Trump for his disrespect of CNN correspondents and black journalist.

President Donald Trump’s behavior at Wednesday’s post-election news conference was unwarranted and unacceptable.

NABJ calls for the immediate reinstatement of CNN reporter Jim Acosta’s press credentials. NABJ also demands an end to hostilities against the journalism community and to the continuous string of untruths and misinformation that have become staples of the Trump administration’s dialogue with the press.
Trump’s dismissive personal and demeaning attacks on the press are a disgrace to the presidency. The suspension of Acosta’s credentials because the president did not like the line of questioning reeks of government behavior in countries that do not support freedom of the press.
Acosta’s job is to ask questions regardless of how uncomfortable it may make some politicians feel. The American people have a right to know.
NABJ’s 2017 Journalist of the Year April Ryan and 2013 Emerging Journalist of the Year Yamiche Alcindor were also present at the briefing. When the two questioned the president, Trump was also contentious and dismissive with his responses, calling Alcindor’s question “racist.”
“It’s fine to have differences of opinion based on fact, but when those differences are blatant lies or attacks, you cross the line. A journalist’s job is to hold the powerful accountable through relevant questions about intent and actions. The expectation is for honest answers,” said NABJ Executive Director Drew Berry.”

By: Eboni Walker | Web: www.ebonimwalker.com | Instagram: EboniMWA | Twitter: EboniMWalker

Source: The Baltimore Sun, NABJ, CNN

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