Jim Acosta’s Press Pass Suspended By White House

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CNN White House reporter Jim Acosta had his press credentials revoked by the White House Wednesday after the reporter had a testy exchange with President Trump.

During the news conference following the midterm elections, Trump defended his characterization of the migrant caravan as an “invasion” before slamming Acosta as a “rude, terrible person.”

Acosta also refused to pass the microphone to a White House intern who was directed by the President to move on to the next reporter.

White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders released a statement Wednesday night announcing the move, saying Acosta placed ‘his hands on a young woman just trying to do her job as a White House intern’:

“President Trump believes in a free press and expects and welcomes tough questions of him and his Administration. 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. It is also completely disrespectful to the reporter’s colleagues not to allow them an opportunity to ask a question. President Trump has given the press more access than any President in history.

Contrary to CNN’s assertions there is no greater demonstration of the President’s support for a free press than the event he held today. Only they would attack the President for not supporting a free press in the midst of him taking 68 questions from 35 different reporters over the course of 1.5 hours including several from the reporter in question. The fact that CNN is proud of the way their employee behaved is not only disgusting, it‘s an example of their outrageous disregard for everyone, including young women, who work in this Administration.

As a result of today’s incident, the White House is suspending the hard pass of the reporter involved until further notice.”

Acosta took to twitter before the announcement, saying he was denied entrance on the White House grounds.

CNN’s response to Trump’s press conference

Acosta responded to the exchange with President Trump following the press conference.

Acosta and Trump have a history of heated exchanges.

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