"I don't think he's a smart person, but he's got a loud voice", Trump said. "You shouldn't be working for CNN", Trump said. He expressed annoyance at the types of questions that are asked, the way that they are asked, and what reporters have said about him, i.e. their type of coverage. "That's not doctoring", Trump later said. Kimmel went on to say that it's completely ridiculous for the White House Press Secretary to "intentionally disseminated doctored video footage to discredit a reputable journalist", and as such, "she should be fired".
Acosta and Trump have sparred numerous times, with neither man hiding their contempt for each other.
"Nevertheless, Acosta's press pass was revoked, underscoring the false implication that Acosta had assaulted a defenseless staffer", Variety notes.
Mr Acosta has had his White House media credentials withdrawn following a fiery row with Trump during a Presidential press conference yesterday.
Acosta responded by calling Sanders a liar. The video proved otherwise.
CNN said in a statement that Acosta has the network's full support.
He then doubled down on his criticism of Acosta, known for his combative encounters with White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders and the president. During the press conference, he told her to sit down because he hadn't called on her. "You shouldn't be working for CNN", he said.
Trump has harshly criticized journalists across the board this week - he called Acosta a "rude, bad person" and said he was not smart, and he also mocked foreign reporters for their accents.
While Trump being nasty to reporters isn't new, there's something especially notable about Friday's insults: They were both targeted at African-American women journalists.
Ryan became a CNN contributor past year.
Conway said Acosta should not have swiped at the White House aide before "grabbing the microphone back". "But they have to come in legally".
And CNN has slammed the White House for its actions.
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. "What a stupid question, but I watch you a lot; you ask a lot of stupid questions".
CNN's Dana Bash tweeted this reaction: "Harvard University will be surprised to hear POTUS call one of their graduates - my friend and colleague Abby Phillip - stupid". You have to treat the White House with respect. The president has a long history of insulting the intelligence of women and people of color. In fact, she asked the most pertinent question of the day.
On Twitter, Astead Wesley of The New York Times connected the dots between the different incidents. Donald Trumplies. He knows it. Sarah Huckabee Sanders repeats his lies. "You run CNN, and if you did it well, your ratings would be much better".