White House yanks pass of CNN correspondent

Clay Curtis
November 9, 2018

Acosta had been questioning Trump about his claim that a caravan of migrants posed a threat to the US when the president turned on the journalist.

"Fox News Sunday" host Chris Wallace said CNN reporter Jim Acosta "embarrassed himself" with his conduct at Wednesday's presidential press conference, calling him a showboat who made it hard to exercise "journalistic solidarity".

Acosta asked Trump why the caravan of migrants was emphasized as an issue in the just-concluded midterm races.

Acosta told Cooper he believes the administration is looking to send a message to all journalists by stripping him of his credentials.

"You should let me run the country", Trump said.

"If the White House Press Corps doesn't do anything about the Acosta situation right now, if they don't boycott or take a stand, we are on the road to full authoritarianism", actor Kumail Nanjiani said, apparently with total sincerity.

When NBC reporter Peter Alexander took the mic for the next question, he defended Acosta as a "diligent reporter" - earning Trump's ire.

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Costa was called a "rude, awful person" by Trump at the press conference when he questioned the president. Wait. You know why we need the people?

The president's mood turned sour Wednesday after reporters pressed him on why he referred to a migrant caravan making its way to the USA on foot through Mexico as an "invasion". 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. He has criticized fake news, lies in the media, and partisan press outlets that spread propaganda instead of reporting news. He also said: "They're extremely complex".

The White House did not respond to multiple queries about the origin of the video.

During the heated exchange, the US President accused the CNN reporter of being the "enemy of the people". Trump then said he wanted immigrants to "come in legally".

"Well I'm not a big fan of yours either", Trump said. In subsequent tweets, he explained that Secret Service agents working at a White House access point asked him to surrender his credential - known as a "hard pass" - to enter the grounds. "When you are holding something and you snatch this from me, this is now an extension of me and that means you've battered me, you've assaulted me".

Trump also told April Ryan of the Urban National Radio Network to "sit down" and wait her turn. "I've never seen a president do anything like that".

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