Thursday, 22 November, 2018

Trump slams CNN's Jim Acosta in explosive press briefing

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Melinda Barton | 09 November, 2018, 01:30

Sanders confirmed Acosta's claim and the White House Correspondents' Association - of which Fox News is a member - quickly released its own statement condemning the decision to revoke Acosta's credential. "President Trump has given the press more access than any president in history", Sanders continued.

"What I saw was a battery, not by Jim Acosta, but by the young White House aide", she said. That's the moment that Sanders referred to in her tweet explaining why Acosta had been barred.

Sanders suggested Acosta had laid hands on the intern.

One video that is circulating widely appears to have doctored Mr Acosta's movements.

After five years of covering the White House, CNN reporter Jim Acosta had his press pass revoked by the Trump administration Wednesday afternoon for an indefinite period of time.

The incident that triggered the White House decision on Acosta had occurred during the press conference in which Trump assessed the results of Tuesday's midterm elections. But Acosta kept a tight grip on his microphone, even after a young, female White House aide came over and tried to take it away from him. Go ahead. You're a very rude person the way you treat Sarah Huckabee is awful and the way you treat other people are terrible. "You and I have a difference of opinion", he said. "It's a very bad thing that you said".

The heated exchange began after Acosta clung to the microphone and persisted with questions about the president's repeated and angry denunciation of a caravan of poor Central American migrants making their way through Mexico to the United States border.

She called Acosta's behavior "absolutely unacceptable".

In a later tweet, Mr Acosta said Ms Sanders' assertion he placed his hands on the woman was "a lie".

"When you report fake news, which CNN does a lot, you are the enemy of the people", Trump said.

Acosta said before Trump interrupted him.

"A free press is vital to democracy, and we stand behind Jim Acosta and his fellow journalists everywhere", the statement said. "So yeah, it's been on that thing for a while".

The White House said it was because Acosta put "his hands on" an intern who was trying to grab a microphone off him, while CNN said it was "retaliation for his challenging questions". Acosta rudely rebuffed the poor woman, moving the mic away from her as if they were playing high stakes keep-away.

"I'll tell you what, CNN should be ashamed of itself having you working for them", Trump said.