Published: Thu, November 08, 2018

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

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

The White House on Wednesday revoked the press pass issued to CNN correspondent Jim Acosta "until further notice".

US President seemed to walk out as the reporter clung to the microphone and persisted with questions about the president´s views on a caravan of Central American migrants making its way to the US border.

"They can play that game, but we can play better because we have a thing called the United States Senate, and a lot of questionable things were done between leaks of classified information and many other elements that should not have taken place", Trump said during the almost 90-minute session with reporters in the White House East Room.

White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders says the suspension came as a result of Acosta "placing his hands on a young woman". When an intern tried to take the mic from Acosta to let the next reporter ask a question, he continued needling the president, who finally called him 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. He said that "I can do something fantastic, and they make it look not good".

"They are not only unsafe, they are disturbingly un-American".

"(Sanders) provided fraudulent accusations and cited an incident that never happened. Trump lingered from his podium a few steps before returning to give Acosta an old-fashioned tongue-lashing.

'When you report fake news, which CNN does a lot, you are the enemy of the people, ' he told him. "I think I'm just covering a story, honestly", Acosta said in a 2017 interview with The Washington Post about his reporting style. They way you treat Sarah Huckabee is awful and the way you treat other people are terrible.


Following the row, CNN's Acosta had his White House media credentials withdrawn.

These weren't the only reporters to grate on the president at this press conference, though. "That's enough", he said repeatedly, as Acosta tried to speak.

"They can play that game, but we can play it better", he said.

"God plays a very big role in my life", Trump said. "Some people saw that as emboldening white nationalists".

Ms Alcindor moved on to a different topic.

She added, "President Trump has given the press more access than any President in history". That's enough. That's enough...put down the mic.

On CNN, anchor Jake Tapper said that there was nothing racist about her question and that Mr Trump's reaction was unfathomable. He also refused to take a question from April Ryan.

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