Donald Trump's White House Revokes Jim Acosta's CNN Press Credentials

Clay Curtis
November 8, 2018

The CNN reporter's credentials were pulled Wednesday after his testy news-conference exchange with U.S. President Donald Trump.

At that point, a White House intern tried to physically take the microphone from Acosta, who wrestled them for it. 'Excuse me ma'am, ' he said to her.

Video footage and photographs showed the intern grazing Acosta's arm in trying to pry the microphone away, and briefly making contact with the hand holding the microphone.

In a later tweet, Mr Acosta said Ms Sanders' assertion he placed his hands on the woman was "a lie".

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.

Mr Acosta stood back up and began mentioning, without a microphone, the explosive devices that were recently sent to CNN and some of the president's political opponents.

"That's enough, that's enough", the president said, before telling Mr Acosta to sit down and to put down his microphone.

"I´ll tell you what, CNN should be ashamed of itself having you working for them".

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The announcement came in a statement by White House press secretary Sarah Sanders.

"They are not only risky, they are disturbingly un-American", the network said. It is also completely disrespectful to the reporter's colleagues not to allow them an opportunity to ask a question ... "We stand by our statement". CNN released a statement via Twitter, as did The White House Correspondents' Association.

"Only they would attack the president for not supporting a free press in the midst of him taking 68 questions from 35 different reporters over the course of 1.5 hours including several from the reporter in question", the press secretary said.

In the wake of the results, Trump held a 90-minute press conference marked by hostility.

"The most risky type of fake news and reporting and evidence is when you get into the fine details, the nuanced things that are shaped to present a certain viewpoint or decision or news a certain way", he said.

"This is great news for Jim Acosta", Stirewalt said. "Revoking access to the White House complex is a reaction out of line to the purported offence and is unacceptable".

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. Not long after, the president accused PBS Newshour reporter Yamiche Alcindor of asking a "racist question" when she pointed out that his professed "nationalism" has been interpreted by some as an embrace of white nationalism. He called the White House accusations "a lie".

"Mr. President are you anxious about indictments coming down in this investigation?"

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