When asked about the White House's decision on Wednesday to revoke press credentials for CNN's Jim Acosta, Trump railed against other reporters and targeted April Ryan, with whom the White House has sparred before, calling Ryan a "loser" and "nasty".
The White House had suspended Acosta's hard pass after he sparred at a news conference with the president, who demanded that the reporter yield the microphone and called him a "rude, awful person" when he did not immediately comply.
"The wrongful revocation of these credentials violates CNN and Acosta's First Amendment rights of freedom of the press, and their Fifth Amendment rights to due process", CNN said in a statement announcing the legal action.
"The First Amendment grants the right of all journalists to hold those in power accountable and ask tough questions", CNN president Jeff Zucker said via an internal memo on Tuesday. "If left unchallenged, the actions of the White House would create a unsafe chilling effect for any journalist who covers our elected officials", CNN said in a statement.
CNN filed suit in U.S. District Court in Washington. Trump responded in a vicious tone, "What a stupid question".
"I'm sorry, you can't take my pencil, I'm sorry, is this the White-" he begins as she slowly lowers herself behind the desk while still trying to take the pencil.
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There's six defendants: Trump, chief of staff John Kelly, press secretary Sarah Sanders, deputy chief of communications Bill Shine, Secret Service director Joseph Clancy, and the Secret Service officer who took Acosta's hard pass away. "You have to treat the White House with respect, you have to treat the presidency with respect". Acosta then tried to pose a question about "pipe bombs" before he was again interrupted by another outburst. Organizations like the American Society of News Editors, the Associated Press Media Editors, and the Online News Association have demanded that Acosta's press badge be reinstated.
The unusual step taken by CNN seeks the immediate return of Acosta's pass, which was revoked after a tussle between the correspondent and a White House aide.
Acosta was this week stripped of his White House press credentials after an argument with Trump.
"Otherwise, what's the criterion for pulling someone's press credentials?" "This is just more grandstanding from CNN, and we will vigorously defend against this lawsuit", Sanders said. In once infamous incident he flailed his arms mocking a disabled New York Times journalist.
Trump has frequently attacked the media, including during his presidential campaign.
During the heated exchange, the US President accused the CNN reporter of being the "enemy of the people".