White House suspends press access for CNN's Jim Acosta

Cheryl Sanders
November 8, 2018

Sanders claimed the incident proved Trump's "support for a free press".

"As a result of today's incident, the White House is suspending the hard pass of the reporter involved until further notice", Sanders said.

Acosta responded online quickly, calling Sanders assertion "a lie".

The president began the wide-ranging press conference with a focus on the election results, but it soon devolved into brazen and shocking media attacks that appeared created to frustrate and enrage the president. We are all on the same team. Central American migrants on Wednesday continued to straggle in for a rest stop at a Mexico City stadium, where about 4,500 continue to weigh offers to stay in Mexico against the desire of many to reach the United States border. The channel said the revocation "was done in retaliation for his [Acosta] challenging questions".

They said: "In an explanation, Press Secretary Sarah Sanders lied". This unprecedented decision is a threat to our democracy and the country deserves better.

"I worked with Jim @Acosta at CNN".

Acosta has been one of the most outspoken reporters covering the administration since Trump took office.

Trump stepped away from the lectern before coming back and slamming Acosta.

On Wednesday, hours after his party was dealt a crushing blow in the House, President Donald Trump lost control as CNN's Jim Acosta questioned him.

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

Trump and Acosta have long have a contentious relationship as the CNN reporter often asks the president questions that seemed created to illicit a reaction from him. "You run CNN, and if you did it well, your ratings would be higher", Mr Trump said.

Acosta was asked by an agent of the US Secret Service for his accreditation after leaving the presidential building, according to a video of the moment shared by the journalist on Twitter. He threw out a hasty question about the Russian Federation investigation, but President Trump spoke over him.

Trump asked him to sit down multiple times but Acosta kept speaking. "Put down the mic". "You shouldn´t be working for CNN", he said.

"You are a rude, bad person", the president said.

During the conference he was questioned by CNN reporter about comments towards the incoming migrant caravan from Central America.

Republican Press Secretary Sarah Sanders also took to twitter to inform the public on the situation. You shouldn't treat people that way... "You shouldn't treat people that way".

Even as Mr Trump mused about working with Democrats, he was quick to promise a "warlike posture" if the Democratic controlled House opens investigations into his administration. "Imagine anybody doing this to Obama".

The exchange marked a new low for Trump's relationship with journalists, which has largely been hostile.

"Do you think they were actors?"

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