Published: Thu, November 08, 2018
Worldwide | By Isabel Fisher

White House suspends CNN Jim Acosta's press pass

White House suspends CNN Jim Acosta's press pass

The ban on CNN's Jim Acosta came after a heated exchange at a White House news conference Wednesday where Trump called the TV reporter a "rude, bad person" and an "enemy of the people".

Ms Sanders, in a statement posted in a Twitter thread, said the White House would "never tolerate a reporter placing his hands on a young woman just trying to do her job".

That angry back-and-forth, in which Trump refused to allow Jim Acosta the opportunity to ask a question, set the tone for nearly two years of hostility that reached a dramatic climax this week when the White House suspended the reporter's press pass.

Video footage and photographs showed the intern grazing Acosta's arm in trying to pry the microphone away, and briefly making contact with the hand holding the microphone.

Mr Acosta stood up and began to ask a question relating to the statements Mr Trump made at the end of the midterms campaign.

White House correspondent Jim Acosta is a smart, tough reporter.

The President was involved in a furious row with Jim Acosta following the midterms, which led to the CNN reporter being banned from the White House for "inappropriate behaviour".

Mr Acosta called Mrs Sanders's characterisation of the incident "a lie", and CNN released a statement defending its reporter.

The White House's move followed a heated exchange between Trump and Acosta who refused the President's orders to sit down and clung to the microphone and persisted with questions about his views on a caravan of Central American migrants making its way to the U.S. border.

"I tell you what, CNN should be ashamed of itself having you working for them", he said. The way you treat Sarah Sanders is frightful. "You shouldn't be working for CNN", Trump said to Acosta. President Trump said, "That's enough".

But Acosta seemed to fuel criticism of him on Twitter on Wednesday, tweeting that Trump sounded "depressed and despondent" when in fact Trump appeared cheerful and ready to work with the Democrat-controlled Congress. Acosta also claimed Trump sounded "aggrieved" and said Trump is "dishonest". "The White House must cease its continuous assault on the First Amendment".

In video from the event, the journalist is seen attempting to ask a follow-up question but is repeatedly shut down by the USA leader, who says "that's enough" five times. "Jim Acosta has our full support", CNN said. "You are are a rude, awful person".

Acosta, however, disputed the account and called it a "lie".

Eventually NBC reporter Peter Alexander took the microphone and defended his fellow reporter, despite him being from a separate network, calling him a "diligent reporter" - which only proved to anger Trump more. They are not only risky, the are disturbingly un-American.

"You know what the word is", President Trump said, concluding a testy exchange at Wednesday's news conference.

"I think you should let me run the country".

Acosta said in a tweet late on Wednesday he had been denied entry into the White House by the Secret Service.

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