White House bars CNN reporter after verbal duel with Trump

Elias Hubbard
November 8, 2018

In an unprecedented move, the White House has suspended the press credentials of a CNN journalist terming his behaviour as "disgusting and outrageous", hours after he engaged in a heated argument with President Donald Trump during a press conference.

To make matters worse, Sarah Sanders lied - and circulated a misleadingly edited video to back herself up - when she claimed later that Acosta was being punished for "placing his hands on a young woman".

It's putting out doctored videos attempting to show that this CNN journalist did anything other than resist an attempt to remove the microphone from him - briefly.

When Acosta tried to ask further questions, Trump became angry, demanding that the reporter sit down and give up the microphone. "I also think it was a misstep for Sarah Sanders to tweet out a doctored video, put out by Infowars, the Alex Jones conspiracy site, that kind of made it look more aggressive then it was".

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

Acosta said Sanders' account of the incident was "a lie".

Earlier this year Acosta was accused of being rude because he shouted a question at Trump while he was surrounded by children during the annual White House Easter Egg Roll.

CNN said "this president's ongoing attacks on the press have gone too far", in a statement.

Acosta pressed him on why he called the migrant caravan making its way from Central America to the US border an invasion.

Trump and Acosta have long have a contentious relationship as the CNN reporter often asks the president questions that seemed created to illicit a reaction from him.

Appearing on CNN on Wednesday evening, Acosta told host Anderson Cooper: " I was just trying to ask a question of the president.

Looking back at Acosta, Trump added: "The way you treat [press secretary] Sarah Huckabee is terrible, and the way you treat other people is awful. You and I have a difference of opinion", he said.

Waving his finger, Mr Trump berated him.

"I've just been denied entrance to the WH", Acosta tweeted Wednesday night. The CNN reporter refused to relinquish the mike, brushing the woman away and tried to ask another question. Those were reporters working with CNN, NBC, other networks.

"I don't know", he said.

As the tensions flared, Trump, who called the Russian Federation probe a "witch hunt", repeatedly demanded that Acosta "put down the mic" to allow another reporter to ask a question.

Acosta responded that Sanders' description of events was "a lie".

"They are not only risky, they are disturbingly un-American", the network said. You and I disagree on this, ' Trump said.

"The White House Correspondents' Association strongly objects to the Trump Administration's decision to use US Secret Service security credentials as a tool to punish a reporter with whom it has a hard relationship", the group said.

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