Kellyanne Conway admitted to Chris Wallace on “Fox News Sunday” that the video footage of an altercation between CNN reporter Jim Acosta and a White House aide, which was circulated on Twitter by White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders, had been manipulated.
However, she also dismissed the significance of the manipulation. “That’s not altered,” she said about the clip, “that’s sped up. They do it all the time in sports.” Conway went on to address what she saw as a more important part of the lesson to be learned from the incident. “You have to show respect to the White House, to the presidency,” she told Wallace.
The video from the Nov. 7 press conference showed Acosta trying to ask the president about the Mueller investigation. After browbeating Acosta, Trump attempted to take a question from another White House reporter, but Acosta failed to give up the microphone.
Sanders later tweeted that the video appeared to show that Acosta gave a "karate chop" to the aide who was trying to get the mic.
The White House then suspended the CNN reporter's White House pass.