Washington- A visibly angry US president, Donald Trump, called CNN reporter Jim Acosta a “rude, terrible person,” after the CNN White House correspondent refused the president’s orders to sit down and give up the microphone during the conference one day after the US midterm vote.
The White House then suspended his media pass, the US president branded Acosta an “enemy of the people.”
“The White House is suspending the hard pass of the reporter involved until further notice,” said White House spokeswoman Sarah Sanders hours later, referring to Acosta, who then tweeted that he had been denied White House entry.
There was an heated exchange started after the well known journalist hold on to the micophone and persisted with questions about the president’s views on a caravan of Central American migrants making its way to the US border.
Trump clearly uncomfortable, said “that’s enough!” and a White House intern unsuccessfully tried to take back the microphone from the CNN journalist.
“President Trump believes in a free press and expects and welcomes tough questions of him and his Administration,” Sanders said in her statement.
“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,” she said.
Acosta hit back at the allegation of misconduct, tweeting “this is a lie” and CNN said they are completely behind their journalist. A numerous number of Washington journalists who had been at the press conference voiced support for him.
This is a lie. https://t.co/FastFfWych
— Jim Acosta (@Acosta) November 8, 2018
“Secretary Sanders lied,” CNN said in a statement, saying the press pass suspension was “done in retaliation for challenging questions.”
Sanders “provided fraudulent accusations and cited an incident that never happened,” the US cable network said.
“This unprecedented decision is a threat to our democracy and the country deserves better. Jim Acosta has our full support.”
— CNN Communications (@CNNPR) November 8, 2018
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