Watch: April Ryan Responds To Donald Trump Calling Her a ‘Loser’
Appearing on CNN Friday night, journalist April Ryan, responded to President Trump calling her a “loser” on Friday, saying that if standing up and asking questions of the president makes her a loser, she’s “been a loser for 21 years.”
“He’s trying to show that he’s strong against the press,” Ryan said during her interview. “We’re the ‘enemies.’ He wants to set an example with what he thinks or who he thinks [is] weak. We are not weak.”
Ryan’s comments came on a day that Trump went after a number of journalists as he spoke outside the White House. Trump slammed Ryan, who is also a contributor to CNN, as a “loser” who “doesn’t know what the hell she is doing.”
Ryan, a White House correspondent for American Urban Radio Networks, defended herself saying that she “is a very highly educated, intelligent reporter who deserved an answer when she lobbed a question of the president who responded.”
“And if that makes me a loser, then I’ve been a loser for 21 years,” she said.
The White House faced widespread backlash from members of the media this week after it suspended a press pass for CNN chief White House correspondent Jim Acosta.
The White House alleged that it suspended Acosta’s credentials for becoming physical with a young intern during a press conference as she tried to take a microphone away from him.
White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders then released a doctored video of the incident and was quickly slammed for it.
Trump on Friday disputed that the video Sanders shared was manipulated while saying he could revoke more press passes from reporters who don’t show him “respect.”
Watch April Ryan’s response in the video below: