In suspending Mr Acosta's press pass, White House spokesman Sarah Sanders accused the veteran journalist of "placing his hands on a young woman just trying to do her job", calling his conduct "unacceptable".
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Sanders said that Acosta "plac [ed] his hands" on the young woman. "You are a rude, bad person", Trump added.
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Waving his finger, Trump berated him.
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Matt Dornic, a vice-president at CNN, said: "Absolutely shameful, @PressSec".
"No one manipulated it - give me a break", Trump said.
"It was done in retaliation for his challenging questions at today's press conference", CNN said Wednesday in a tweeted statement.
Ms Ryan, who is also a CNN contributor, tweeted in response: "I love this country and have the most respect for the Office of the President".
When NBC reporter Peter Alexander took the mic for the next question, he defended Acosta as a "diligent reporter" - earning Trump's ire.More news: Accusation that Democrats hacked Georgia voter file is "outrageous", cyber expert says