Published: Sat, November 10, 2018
Entertaiment | By Paul Elliott

CNN Reporter Jim Acosta Berated By Donald Trump & Suspended From White House

CNN Reporter Jim Acosta Berated By Donald Trump & Suspended From White House

"I don't think he's a smart person, but he's got a loud voice, and as far as I'm concerned, I haven't made that decision".

President Donald Trump claimed on Friday that a White House-released video depicting contact between a staffer and a CNN reporter wasn't altered, and he seemingly threatened to revoke the White House press credentials of more reporters.

Acosta had his press pass revoked after that presser for refusing to hand over the White House microphone and pushing away the arm of the White House aide who tried to take it from him.

A visibly angry Trump called reporter Jim Acosta a "rude, awful person", after the CNN White House correspondent refused the president's orders to sit down and yield the microphone during the conference one day after the U.S. midterm election.

Asked how long Acosta will be denied the credential allowing him to work inside the White House, Trump said he had not decided and seemed to indicate that the extremely unusual sanction could be applied to more journalists.

Acosta began his series of questions by saying he wanted to "challenge" Trump on his decision to call the latest Central American migrant caravan traveling to the US up through Mexico an "invasion".

Instead of answering the question, Trump said, "What a stupid question you asked. He gets paid to do that", Trump said. "She shouldn't be. You've got to treat the White House and the office of the presidency with respect".

The events that led on Wednesday to the White House barring CNN correspondent Jim Acosta are a sad commentary on our national dialogue. He expressed annoyance at the types of questions that are asked, the way that they are asked, and what reporters have said about him, i.e. their type of coverage. "And that is the only reason why I stood", she said.


Trump made the disparaging comment while talking to reporters as he was departing for Paris, France. "She doesn't know what the hell she is doing".

"That's such a racist question", Trump responded. "I will continue to ask the questions that affect America, all of America".

But the White House maintains that Mr Acosta was in the wrong, with Ms Sanders tweeting that his actions were "absolutely unacceptable".

Trump also had some (more) choice words for two other CNN personalities.

The White House is standing its ground, and, in a statement on Thursday, Sanders said that she stands by her previous position.

"When you're in the White House, this is a very sacred place to be", he said. "And what you see is what you get from me". Why might other journalists in the room react that way, and why did Fox News's Chris Wallace say that Acosta had "embarrassed himself" on Wednesday?

Analysis: The era of total Trump control is overAn election night of firsts: From Colorado's gay and Jewish governor, to Native American and Muslim women heading to Congress ■ Benjamin Netanyahu just lost the USA midterms ■ Thank you, America's women.

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