Trump Responds to Allegations that Acosta Video Shared by Sarah Sanders was “Manipulated”

President Trump has called allegations that White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders shared a “doctored” video of Jim Acosta’s interaction with a White House intern “dishonest reporting.”

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Responding to a question about whether or not the video was altered, Trump stated, “Nobody manipulated it, give me a break…See that’s just dishonest reporting. All that was was a close-up. That is just dishonest reporting.”

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When you say doctored you’re a dishonest guy…

He continued, “I watched that, I heard that last night. They made it close up, they showed it close up, and he was not nice to that young woman. I don’t hold him for that, because it wasn’t overly horrible…But when you say doctored you’re a dishonest guy.”

The internet and media outlets have been abuzz ever since Sanders issued the following tweet, after revoking Acosta’s press pass:

According to Fox News, Sanders is being accused of posting an edited video circulated by Infowars editor, Paul Joseph Watson. The video posted by Sanders “allegedly speeds up Acosta’s arm motion to make it appear that he essentially karate chopped the female intern.” However, Watson has taken to Twitter to defend himself writing “The only editing done to this clip is that it is zoomed in.”

Sanders’ father, former Arkansas governor Mike Huckabee, weighed in to defend his daughter after former Fox News host Greta Van Susteren commented on the video controversy:

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BuzzFeed concluded that the video was not deliberately altered, rather, they claim, the low quality gif version of the interaction contributed to the confusion:

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