On Wednesday, President Donald Trump held a press conference to address the midterm elections, in which Democrats took the House. Trump had several antagonistic interactions with reporters, including CNN’s April Ryan, who he told to sit down after refusing to answer her questions. Trump also revoked CNN reporter Jim Acosta’s press pass.
On Friday, President Trump threatened to yank more press passes and called April Ryan a “loser” who “doesn’t know what the hell she is doing.”
Ryan phoned in to CNN to respond to the President’s comments.
“First of all, thank you for being kind enough to understand that those words are terrible for a sitting United States President versus someone who’s been covering presidents from before him and will probably after he leaves” Ryan said. She pointed out that she’s done her job for more than two decades.
“I’ve had a great working relationship with all three Presidents, Bill Clinton, George Bush and Barack Hussein Obama.”
“Reporters are the underpinnings of this nation,” Ryan added. Even though she may have clashed with former administrations, she notes that she was always respected.
“Guess what? At the end of the day it was part of the American process, what our founding fathers put in place for accountability of the United States,” she said. “And this President doesn’t like that, so I’m a loser?” she asked incredulously.
She says that she’d been asking about voter suppression, a far more serious problem than voter fraud.
“He heard my voice and his response, he tells me to sit down, in a condescending, very ugly manner.”