In a statement, White House press secretarySarah Huckabee Sanders said Acosta's refusal to give up a microphone to a young staffer who tried to take it away Wednesday at a press conference with Trump is the reason his access has been denied. "This conduct is absolutely unacceptable", is, however, the explanation given by Sanders. It is also completely disrespectful to the reporter's colleagues not to allow them an opportunity to ask a question.
It means the Trump presidency - which already had no free rein despite a Republican-led chamber - will face a significant challenge, setting the tone over the remaining two years. We are all on the same team. "Now that the official Press Secretary is putting out videos that are doctored and deceitful".
Sanders "provided fraudulent accusations and cited an incident that never happened", the United States cable network said.
CNN responded in a tweet, defending Acosta and saying, "This President's ongoing attacks on the free press have gone too far".
The group urged the White House to "immediately reverse this weak and misguided action" and encouraged the public to watch the video of Acosta's interaction with the intern.
"I'm not a big fan of yours, either", Trump replied. "You and I have a difference of opinion". "You shouldn't be working for CNN" Mr Trump told Mr Acosta. "They weren't actors. They didn't come from Hollywood". "You shouldn't be working for CNN". "You run CNN and if you did it well, your ratings would be much better".
Acosta steadfastly refuted Sanders' accusation, which she made via Tweetstorm, calling it "a lie".
"That's enough. That's enough", Trump said.
It all kicked off with CNN'sJim Acosta who first asked Trump a question on migration and pointed out Trump's campaign had an ad of migrants climbing a wall. "Put down the mic".
"You should be ashamed of yourself", Mr. Trump said. "You are are a rude, bad person".
Acosta persisted, saying: "They are hundreds of miles away". "And the way you treat other people is terrible". "You shouldn't treat people that way". Following one of many fiery exchanges with the Trump administration, Acosta railed against Trump in 2017 and called him "a purveyor of fake news".
Reuters Frame-by-frame: How the incident unfolded during Wednesday's news conference.
"They are not only risky, they are disturbingly un-American", CNN said.