US: White House bars CNN Reporter Jim Acosta after heated exchange with Donald Trump
The CNN White House correspondent Jim Acosta’s media pass has been revoked by the White House. The suspended CNN reporter earlier sparred with US president Donald Trump in a press conference, in which he branded him an enemy of the people.
Acosta’s suspension comes after a heated argument on Wednesday between him and Donald Trump during a press conference. The duo began sparring after Acosta asked Trump about the caravan of migrants heading from Latin America to the southern US border.
When Journalist Jim Acosta refused Trump’s order to sit down and give up the microphone a day before the US midterm election, Trump has called him a rude, terrible person.
The US Secret Service just asked for my credential to enter the WH. As I told the officer, I don’t blame him. I know he’s just doing his job. (Sorry this video is not rightside up) pic.twitter.com/juQeuj3B9R
— Jim Acosta (@Acosta) November 8, 2018
Acosta then tried to follow up with another question, Trump said, ‘That’s enough!’ and a White House aide unsuccessfully tried to grab the microphone from Acosta.
White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders has released a statement accusing Acosta of ‘placing his hands on a young woman just trying to do her job as a White House intern,’ calling it ‘absolutely unacceptable’.
“President Trump believes in a free press and expects and welcomes tough questions of him and his Administration,” Sanders said in her statement.
Adding that she said, “We will, however, never tolerate a reporter placing his hands on a young woman just trying to do her job as a White House intern. This conduct is absolutely unacceptable.”
I’m posting this close up not to bolster my argument that Jim Acosta did nothing wrong, because I think that’s pretty clear. Instead, look at the way this staffer keeps looking to Trump for confirmation on each attempt. It’s so creepy. This blind obedience is cult like. pic.twitter.com/PRLBxkoCHI
— Amee Vanderpool (@girlsreallyrule) November 8, 2018
“It’s such a hostile media,” Trump said during his post-midterms news conference at the White House, after ordering reporter April Ryan of the American Urban Radio Networks to sit down when she tried to ask him a question.
The president complained that the media did not cover the humming economy and was responsible for much of the country’s divided politics. He said that “I can do something fantastic, and they make it look not good.”