Samantha Bee Defends Jim Acosta: We Should Be 'Ashamed' of Trump

Elias Hubbard
November 8, 2018

CNN reporter Jim Acosta was dressed down by Trump after challenging him on his characterisation of the migrant caravan heading to the U.S. as an "invasion".

Press secretary Sarah Sanders says the reporter's access was suspended because he put "his hands on a young woman".

A visibly angry President Donald Trump branded CNN's White House correspondent Jim Acosta a "rude, awful person" and an "enemy of the people" in a testy exchange on national television on Wednesday the day after America's midterm elections.

Donald Trump laid into CNN's Jim Acosta at his first post-midterm press conference on Wednesday, with him telling the reporter he was unfit for his job.

Press secretary Sarah Sanders cited Acosta's brief confrontation with a White House press aide during Trump's new conference as the reason for suspending his press pass "until further notice".

"We will not tolerate the inappropriate behaviour clearly documented in this video", Sanders said, posting a video of the CNN reporter allegedly placing his hand on a young woman.

The reporter challenged Mr Trump on his characterisation of the South American migrant caravan as an "invasion".

However, Mr Acosta refused to give it up as he attempted to ask the president a further question. You shouldn't be working for CNN, ' the president said to Acosta.

"CNN should be ashamed of itself having you work for them", the president said to Acosta.

Trump said the way Acosta treats Sanders is "horrible".

On CNN, anchor Jake Tapper said that there was nothing racist about her question and that Trump's reaction was unfathomable.

"They are not only risky, they are disturbingly un-American", the network said. He can also be a grandstander who seems to thrive on conflict with President Trump, and doesn't always know when to stop his aggressive questioning.

"I do think, Anderson, that this is a test for all of us", Acosta said.

"They weren't actors", the president quipped.

She added, "President Trump has given the press more access than any President in history".

Acosta tried to ask another question but Trump repeatedly said "that's enough".

Acosta also tweeted a video of a Secret Service official taking his White House credential from him.

Acosta, 47, regularly grills Sanders at press conferences where she defends Trump's most controversial policies. He later told Acosta: "When you report fake news, which CNN does a lot, you are the enemy of the people".

"This merits a forceful response, and a lawsuit would be reasonable", said Jonathan Peters, a historian who teaches at the University of Georgia Law School and is the press freedom correspondent for Columbia Journalism Review.

But the White House appeared to suggest Acosta had laid hands on the intern. "You aren't the best", Trump told Alexander.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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