White House revokes CNN reporter's press pass after clash with Trump

Brunilde Fioravanti
Novembre 10, 2018

"Honestly, I think you should let me run the country and you run CNN", Mr Trump snapped, adding "and if you did it well, you're ratings would be much better".

Trump pulled Acosta's credentials Wednesday after Sanders accused him of "placing his hands on a young woman" during the heated presser.

Trump held nothing back when speaking to reporters, tackling both CNN's Jim Acosta as well as April Ryan.

Acosta asked Trump if he thought he had "demonized" migrants by calling the group an "invasion". Acosta was trying to ask the president a question when Trump moved on to the next journalist and an intern tried to take away the microphone from Acosta, who continued talking.

"If you've ever seen him dealing with Sarah Huckabee Sanders, it's a disgrace", Trump said of Acosta.

"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. "I do think that they're trying to shut us down to some extent, inside the White House press corps".

Next on the docket was American Urban Radio Networks reporter April Ryan - a "loser", according to the president. Acosta's pass was revoked by the administration after he refused to give up the microphone during a Wednesday press conference in which Trump called him "a rude, awful person".

Sanders hasn't said where the video she posted comes from.

As he left the White House for a brief trip to France, CNN reporter Abby Phillip asked the president whether he wanted his new acting attorney general, Matthew Whitaker, to "rein in" special counsel Robert Mueller, as has been widely speculated. She knows it. These are dark times and not only because of the pack of lying liars in charge.

Acosta and CNN responded by refuting the claim that he placed his hands on the staffer, using photo evidence as proof. He gets paid to do that ...

"I think Jim Acosta is a very unprofessional man-he does this with everybody".

These comments come after a very contentious week between the White House and Jim Acosta. "I will continue to ask the questions that affect America, all of America".

The White House is standing its ground, and, in a statement on Thursday, Sanders said that she stands by her previous position. "I mean, she intentionally disseminated doctored video footage to discredit a reputable journalist". Why might other journalists in the room react that way, and why did Fox News's Chris Wallace say that Acosta had "embarrassed himself" on Wednesday?

Trump also had some (more) choice words for two other CNN personalities.

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