"I don't think he's a smart person but he has a loud voice", Mr Trump told reporters in a testy 20-plus-minute exchange before he left for Paris and a First World War commemoration ceremony.
Whitaker stopped short of directly criticizing the president, and instead echoed the broad concerns of press freedom advocacy groups, who say journalists' basic right to cover the government has been curtailed since Trump stepped into office. "She shouldn't be", Trump said.
Asked how long Acosta will be denied the credential allowing him to work inside the White House, Trump said he had not decided and seemed to indicate that the extremely unusual sanction could be applied to more journalists.
Acosta asked Trump why the caravan of migrants was emphasized as an issue in the just-concluded midterm races, and he questioned Trump's reference to the caravan as an invasion.
KDKA's Jon Delano has covered a number of politicians over the decades, and has never experienced a politician banning reporters because they don't like the questions that get asked.
"President Trump believes in a free press and expects and welcomes tough questions of him and his Administration". But firing Sanders isn't the only punishment Kimmel has in mind for the woman he called the "Hucka-B.S. machine" - the Jimmy Kimmel Live host has an even better idea about what Sanders should do post-Trump.
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Mowry-Housley's sibling, Tia Mowry , who also starred on " Sister, Sister ", said she woke up "shocked" to hear the news. Tamera Mowry-Housley and husband Adam Housley have confirmed their niece was killed in the shooting .
When a White House intern tried to take a microphone from Acosta, he blocked her with his arm.
Trump added that Acosta's treatment of Sanders "is a disgrace". In response, the President called him a "rude, bad person". "I watch you a lot".
Many on Twitter were quick to point out that Ryan is the third African-American female journalist Trump has gone after this week.
A 20-year veteran of the White House beat, Ryan pointed out that each president before Trump "understood that reporters were part of the underpinnings of this nation".
- Brooke Baldwin (@BrookeBCNN) November 9, 2018.@AprilDRyan, @abbydphillip, @Yamiche - among finest reporters covering the White House, plus April on the beat for decades. Fox Business Network's Trish Regan said it makes no sense that Ryan thinks it has anything to do with her gender or race.
Olivier Knox, president of the White House Correspondents Association, said his organization's board met Thursday with Sanders and White House communications director Bill Shine for what it expected to be a series of conversations about Acosta's status. He said she was rude for interrupting another reporter, though he did briefly answer one of Ryan's questions.
Press advocates anxious, though, that Trump might bar these reporters from the White House if they continued to hit him with tough questions.
On another matter, the president called Acosta's exchanges with press secretary Sarah Sanders disgraceful.