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

White House suspends CNN reporter after heated confrontation with President Trump

White House suspends CNN reporter after heated confrontation with President Trump

The White House has said that it has suspended the press pass of CNN White House correspondent Jim Acosta.

The exchange marked a new low for Trump's relationship with journalists, which has largely been hostile.

At a combative, lengthy news conference Wednesday, U.S. President Donald Trump congratulated himself for achieving what he termed a "tremendous success" in the previous day's midterm elections.

While the Republicans comfortably kept their majority in the Senate, the Democrats wrested away enough seats to take control of the House of Representatives.

The episode will reignite fears that Mr Trump has scant regard for press freedom and is intent on limiting space for critical coverage.

They began sparring after Acosta asked Trump about the caravan of migrants heading from Latin America to the southern United States border.

"Obviously no hard feelings toward the officer, but I am now giving my hard pass to the Secret Service", Acosta said in the clip. You run CNN. And if you did it well, your ratings would be much better.'12.

The back-and-forth between Trump and Acosta quickly grew heated after the reporter challenged Trump's characterization of the caravan as an "invasion" and asked why the president had "demonized" immigrants in a widely criticized ad rejected by networks.


"When you report fake news, which CNN does a lot, you're the enemy of the people", the president told Acosta.

"CNN should be ashamed of itself having you working for them", he added. The way that you treat other people is terrible. "You shouldn't treat people that way".

When another journalist tried to speak up in Acosta's defence, Trump told the second reporter: "I'm not a big fan of yours, either".

However, she is unsuccessful as the reporter manages to keep hold of the microphone, telling her: "Pardon me, ma'am".

Following the row, CNN's Acosta had his White House media credentials withdrawn.

At the same time, Trump is able to continue his claims of the press being the "enemy" of the populace with the scathing statement from Sanders. I didn't call you.'10. "That's enough", he said repeatedly, as Acosta tried to speak. He caught Trump's ire in 2017 by asking him after the Charlottesville white nationalist rally why it took him two days to condemn the groups. "I mean, I think she could have won that race, but she didn't want to have any embrace".

These weren't the only reporters to grate on the president at this press conference, though.

NBC correspondent Peter Alexander, who got to ask the next question, stood up for Acosta, only to receive some of Trump's ire too.

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