White House bars CNN reporter after heated Trump exchange

Remigio Civitarese
Novembre 8, 2018

CNN's Chief White House Correspondent found himself clashing with President Donald Trump yet again on November 7.As Jim Acosta, 47, attempted to ask the president to clarify his comments about the migrant caravan heading to the U.S. southern border, Trump exploded, calling him a "rude, bad person".

US President Donald Trump got into a tense and charged verbal argument with a journalist last night that led to the reporter's press credentials being suspended.

Trump was addressing a press conference in Washington, DC, where the USA president was to speak on the country's mid-term elections.

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

White House press secretary Sarah Sanders released a statement accusing Acosta of "placing his hands on a young woman just trying to do her job as a White House intern", calling it "absolutely unacceptable". You are a rude awful person. "I never thought that in this country I wouldn't be able to cover the president of the United States just for asking a question", he said.

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

"They are not only risky, they are disturbingly un-American". She provided fraudulent accusations and cited an incident that never happened. Trump has repeatedly called him "fake news", turning him into a symbol of the president's general animus toward the news media.

As the hour-long Q and A trundled on, at one point Trump yelled at reporters to "sit down" and regularly barked down reporters with phrases like: "Excuse me, you were not called on". "Mia Love gave me no love", he said.

"The way you treat Sarah Huckabee is disgusting", Trump said. "I am sick and exhausted of these media types trying to hijack these press conferences".

In response, CNN said "this president's ongoing attacks on the press have gone too far", in a statement.

'That's enough, ' Trump said pointing at Acosta, who kept trying to talk. "To be honest. You aren't the best", he said.

When asked why Representative Jeff Flake of Arizona, who was not a head of any committe, retired, Trump replied: "I retired him". He was promoted to national political correspondent in 2012, then made the senior White House correspondent in 2013.

Ms Alcindor moved on to a different topic. Later, via Twitter, she said that she has interviewed white nationalists who say they are more excited by Trump than they have been about other presidents.

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.

On CNN, anchor Jake Tapper said that there was nothing racist about her question and that Trump's reaction was unfathomable. He asked Trump why he has characterised it as an invasion. He also refused to take a question from April Ryan.

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