White House suspends credentials for CNN's Jim Acosta

Elias Hubbard
November 8, 2018

The sparring started after Acosta asked Trump about the caravan of migrants heading from Latin America to the southern USA border.

Acosta wasn't the only reporter with whom the president sparred.

"When you report fake news, like CNN does a lot, you are the enemy of people".

Responding to Sanders's assertion that he had "placed" his hands on the intern, Jim Acosta simply said: "This is a lie".

An aide attempted to grab the microphone from Acosta, who nevertheless trued to shout out one last question.

In video from the event, the journalist is seen attempting to ask a follow-up question but is repeatedly shut down by the United States leader, who says "that's enough" five times. "I'm not concerned about anything with the Russian Federation investigation because it's a hoax".

Trump took the rare step of mocking Republican candidates who kept their distance from him during the campaign because of concerns that his divisive messages on immigration would turn off voters - but lost anyway.

'CNN should be ashamed of itself having you work for them.

Acosta was called "rude" by Trump who added that the way the reporter treats White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders was "horrible". "You shouldn´t be working for CNN", he said. "You shouldn't treat people that way".

Trump then pointed at NBC reporter Peter Alexander, who leapt to the defence of Acosta, telling him: "In Jim's defense - I've traveled with him and watched him - he's a diligent reporter who busts his butt".

Later on Wednesday evening, Mrs. Sanders rebutted the claim she is a liar, tweeting out a video of the incident that highlighted Mr. Acosta chopping his arm across hers in an attempt to push her away from the microphone. He's been spoofed on Saturday Night Live, hated by MAGA supporters, and overall become the poster child for raising hell in White House press conferences. "It's a very bad thing you said to me".

"Honestly, I think you should let me run the country". It went just about as well as you'd expect. "I'm simply asking the questions the public wants to know", she replied. Everyone is on Acosta's side in this latest fight, from fellow journalists, to prominent politicians.

"This is great news for Jim Acosta", Stirewalt said. "His job is to hold power to account, not to be "nice" to the President or anyone else he covers".

Trump has repeatedly attacked the media throughout his time in office, calling reporters "the enemy of the people" and suggesting we should "take a strong look" at libel laws that restrict politicians from suing journalists (the only "libel law" that prevents this is the First Amendment). The freedom of the press is protected by the Constitution.

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