"Look, I don't think he's a smart person, but he's got a loud voice", he added.
Acosta also called Sanders' statement "a lie", but the White House stood by the charge, and Trump on Friday denied the video Sanders released - which reportedly was created by a contributor to the wingnut website InfoWars - had been doctored. "It's a group of migrants moving up from Central America towards the border with the U.S.", Acosta said on Wednesday, pushing his own personal opinion and not exactly asking a "question" of the president. She gets publicity, and then she gets a pay raise or she gets a contract with, I think, CNN.
Trump insisted that the video distributed by White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders was simply a "close-up" and "was not doctored". "The way you treat Sarah Huckabee is awful", he said, referring to his press secretary.
The president also chided journalist April Ryan of American Urban Radio network, calling her "a loser". Jimmy Kimmel said that Sanders "should be forced to resign" for what she did. "He apparently wants to goad Donald Trump into a confrontation". But he said there could be others.More news: Body found in rubble of collapsed building in Marseille
"Secretary Sanders lied", CNN said in a statement, saying the press pass suspension was "done in retaliation for challenging questions".
Ryan, a Baltimore native, attempted to ask Trump a question about voter suppression at a news conference.
"I saw someone who I think was very very frustrated and very very angry that I was bringing up the fact that some people think he was emboldening white nationalists", Alcindor said on "Hardball With Chris Matthews" on Wednesday.
CNN said Trump's attacks on the press have gone too far.
Trump didn't say what he means by "respect" - but by the end of the press availability, it was pretty clear that it was for reasons other than security.More news: Leftists Rally at White House to Protest Trump, Protect Mueller
It happens just like in the White House's version, but Acosta's hand doesn't seem to linger as long on the woman's arm and the movement appears significantly faster. "Abby Phillip did not ask a "stupid" question today at the White House". "And the way you treat other people is terrible".
Waving his finger, Mr Trump berated him.
On the third attempt, Mr Acosta's hand blocks the female aide's arm.
"There are embarrassingly few black and hispanic reporters in the WH press corps and four have been personally insulted by the President this week", he wrote. He said she was rude for interrupting another reporter, though he did briefly answer one of Ryan's questions.
CNN has been working behind the scenes on a resolution that would restore Acosta's pass.More news: Federal judge’s ruling delays Keystone XL pipeline