CNN reporter loses White House access

Evarado Alatorre
Noviembre 8, 2018

A White House staff member steps in to try to take the microphone away from Acosta.

Trump called him a "rude, bad person" before Acosta was seen refusing to give his mic to a young woman.

Hours later White House spokeswoman Sarah Sanders tweeted: "As a result of today's incident, the White House is suspending the hard pass of the reporter involved until further notice".

CNN said Wednesday night that Acosta's suspension "was done in retaliation for his challenging questions at today's press conference" and claimed Sanders "lied" in her explanation of what unraveled.

"What I saw was a battery, not by Jim Acosta, but by the young White House aide", she said.

"[Sanders] provided fraudulent accusations and cited an incident that never happened", the statement read.

"They are not only risky, they are disturbingly un-American".

"I want to challenge you on one of the statements that you made in the tail end of the campaign in the midterms", Acosta told Trump at a press conference following the midterm elections. "We stand by our statement".

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Acosta has frequently clashed with Sanders during the White House's irregular news briefings and with Trump in televised news conferences. The White House has accused him of provoking confrontations, and he, in turn, has become a favorite target of insults lobbed by Trump's supporters, particularly during the president's raucous rallies. "Revoking access to the White House complex is a reaction out of line to the purported offense and is unacceptable.We urge the White House to immediately reverse this weak and misguided action".

"I'm not a big fan of yours, either", Trump replied. "They weren't actors. They didn't come from Hollywood". Acosta refused. Trump backed away from his podium and briefly paced the stage. "That is not an invasion".

At that point, the president snapped. Trump repeatedly said "That's enough".

Earlier on Wednesday, Acosta got in a confrontation with Donald Trump at a press conference when he asked Trump about the manner in which he refers to the migrant caravan now traveling through Mexico. "Even if President Trump doesn't intend it, some see him as directly appealing to the racists", she wrote.

Mr Trump responded by saying "I think you should let me run the country, and you run CNN". "You are are a rude, awful person".

He then said that he was glad that the Democrats ended up in control of Congress as opposed to Republicans keeping a majority by just a few seats because it would be easier for Trump and the Senate to work with Congress that way.

"The edited video looks authentic: Acosta appeared to swiftly chop down on the arm of an aide as he held onto a microphone while questioning President Trump".

"Not you. Your organisation is awful", Trump said.

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