Saturday, 17 November, 2018

White House suspends pass of CNN’s Acosta

Trump attacks members of his own party and shouts at CNN’s Jim Acosta in wild press conference President Donald Trump points as he speaks during a news conference in the East Room of the White House Wednesday Nov. 7 2018 in Washington
Deanna Wagner | 08 November, 2018, 15:15

Press Secretary Sarah Sanders later issued a statement that said the reporter's "hard pass" was suspended as a result of his attempt to keep control of a microphone during Wednesday's news conference with the president.

CNN reporter Jim Acosta asked Trump why he had focused on migrants in his campaign leading up to the mid-term elections.

At that point, a White House intern tried to physically take the microphone from Acosta, who wrestled them for it. 'Excuse me ma'am, ' he said to her.

CNN's Jim Acosta stood defiantly on the front row, badgering the president over and over about the caravan and the Russian Federation election, refusing to release the microphone, standing right in front of the president in a shocking confrontation.

She continued: "This conduct is absolutely unacceptable".

In a tweet Mr Acosta says he was stopped by the Secret Service when he tried to re-enter the White House on Wednesday evening.

"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. CNN's Ali Velshi tweeted his support, writing, "I worked with Jim @Acosta during my years @CNN".

The White House later accused Acosta of "placing his hands on a young woman".

Far from apologizing for their behavior, the White House doubled down.

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That means, come January, the gavels for key congressional committees will pass from Republican legislators to Democrats, who are certain in a target-rich environment to issue subpoenas and hold hearings on matters ranging from alleged collusion between Russian Federation and Trump's 2016 election campaign to questionable spending on travel by members of the president's Cabinet. "But they have to come in legally".

Acosta persisted, saying: "They are hundreds of miles away. That is not an invasion".

"You should let me run the country", Mr Trump said.

Trump took the rare step of mocking Republican candidates who kept their distance from him during the campaign because of concerns that his divisive messages on immigration would turn off voters - but lost anyway.

Then more members of the media hurled loud questions at him about whether it's his job to change the tone. You are a rude, awful person.

"I'll tell you what. You should not be working for CNN".

"You are a rude, awful person", the president said.

"And if you did it well your ratings would be much better".

The action is being taken after Acosta's interaction with a White House press aide who tried to remove the microphone from his hands as he tried to ask Trump a second question during the post-election news event.

"I'm not a fan of yours either".