Journo group slams White House suspension of CNN reporter

Clay Curtis
November 8, 2018

The exchange came during a White House press conference on the 2018 midterm elections, in which Trump called out failed Republican candidates who didn't "embrace" him.

The White House press secretary, Sarah Huckabee Sanders, is accused of sharing a misleading video of CNN's Jim Acosta from the conspiracy-theory website Infowars.

The log ongoing bad air between Trump and CNN's White House correspondent reached a fresh rupture today, with the President calling Acosta a "rude, awful person" in what was supposed to be midterms victory lap by Trump.

A staff member tried to take away his microphone during the back and forth.

Mr Acosta tweeted that he had been denied entrance to the White House by the Secret Service when he went in for an 8pm hit.

The source of the video used by Sanders appeared to be Infowars, and there were claims online that the clip had been manipulated in order to make his actions seem more dramatic.

She added that Acosta's pass was suspended until further notice.

CNN reporter Jim Acosta asked Trump why he had focused on migrants in his campaign leading up to the mid-term elections. "You are a rude, awful person", Trump added. During the confrontation, a young woman briefly attempted to get the microphone from Acosta.

For his part, the president has been wrong to lob harsh rhetoric at the media in general, and Acosta and CNN in particular.

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"CNN should be ashamed of itself, having you working for them", he said. The way you treat Sarah Huckabee is frightful, and the way you treat other people is terrible.

"While President Trump has made it clear he does not respect a free press, he has a sworn obligation to protect it", CNN said in a statement.

CNN released a statement via Twitter, as did The White House Correspondents' Association.

"You run CNN. And if you did it well, your ratings will be much higher".

CNN have since defended the reporter and praised others for standing up for themselves during the tense exchange.

You and I disagree on this, ' Trump said. He wrote: "Secret Service just informed me I can not enter the WH grounds for my 8pm hit". CNN's Ali Velshi tweeted his support, writing, "I worked with Jim @Acosta during my years @CNN".

"That's enough. That's enough", Trump said. Officials in those countries also said the migrants committed acts of violence against police officers that left many wounded. He said she was rude for interrupting another reporter, though he did briefly answer one of Ryan's questions.

Trump explained he wants immigrants to come to America, because its expanding economy needs the workers, but they need to come legally.

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