White House suspends credentials for CNN's Jim Acosta

White House suspends credentials for CNN's Jim Acosta

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

Trump called him a "rude, awful person" before Acosta was seen refusing to give his mic to a young woman. "I'm sick of him being the story, I'm sick of talking about Jim Acosta", she said.

Mr Acosta is seen trying to keep hold of the microphone while Trump's aide makes three unsuccessful attempts to take it from him. "You run CNN, and if you did it well, your ratings would be much better", Trump scolded Acosta. "The White House announced tonight that it has revoked the press pass of CNN's Chief White House Correspondent Jim Acosta", said a company spokesman. "You have a president that does not live in a fact-based world a lot of the time and his tone was so aggressive, but you also have people in the press core that are constantly aching to make the headlines and to get those soundbites". CNN released a statement calling the president "dangerous", claiming that he "does not respect a free press".

Sanders tweeted that the White House would "never tolerate a reporter placing his hands on a young woman just trying to do her job".

But the White House maintains that Mr Acosta was in the wrong, with Ms Sanders tweeting that his actions were "absolutely unacceptable". It is also completely disrespectful to the reporter's colleagues not to allow them an opportunity to ask a question. Acosta said the allegation that he had done so was a "lie," and partisan divides emerged online over whether he had acted appropriately and if the White House's response was proportional.

After Acosta asked about the investigation of Russia's involvement in the 2016 election, Trump tried to turn to Alexander, but Acosta continued to ask questions.

"When I'm representing the United States, I wouldn't do that", Trump added.

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Other Twitter users showed Sanders' video side-by-side with the original broadcast to argue the one she posted had been doctored.

Additionally, Trump never attacked freedom of the press.

The video shows most of the incident at normal speed, but just as Acosta is gesturing with his left arm and the intern reaches under to grab the mic, it speeds up.

The White House doesn't want us to believe what we're seeing, so they're showing us things that are unbelievable.

Other organizations and individual journalists have followed suit, expressing outrage both about the barring of Acosta and about Trump's ongoing efforts to undermine a free press.

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. "Having said that, I am troubled by pulling the hard pass because-you can argue he was a jerk and he deserves it, but obviously at a certain point you begin to wonder ..."

Several journalists and organizations - including the American Society of News Editors, the Associated Press Media Editors and the Online News Association - demanded Acosta's press pass be reinstated.

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