Trump says more reporters may lose White House credentials

Oscar Cross
November 9, 2018

Jim Acosta aggressively pressed Donald Trump for answers during a press conference following the United States midterm elections.

Sanders alleged that Acosta "placed his hands" on a White House intern during a testy exchange with President Donald Trump.

Hours later, press secretary Sarah Sanders suspended Acosta's White House press credentials, accusing Acosta of inappropriately "placing his hands" on the assistant when she tried to take way the microphone.

Sanders did not disclose where she obtained the video. "Sped up to make Jim Acosta's motion look like a chop", Shimunov wrote.

With other reporters waiting to ask questions, Acosta refused to give up the microphone and even appeared to made contact with a female White House intern's arm when she attempted to take it from him.

"Nobody manipulated it. All that is is a close-up", said the president, who then attacked the reporter for asking the question and called him "dishonest". In the real video, it's clear he did nothing of sort.

CNN said in a statement that the White House revoked Acosta's press pass out of "retaliation for his challenging questions" on Wednesday.

Despite losing his White House pass, Mr Acosta travelled to Paris to cover Mr Trump's trip to meet world leaders.


CNN issued a statement in response to Acosta's access being denied, saying that Sanders "lied".

Sanders "provided fraudulent accusations and cited an incident that never happened", the U.S. cable network said. In a statement, the network labeled the decision to suspend Acosta's accreditation as "a threat to our democracy".

It happens just like in the White House's version, but Acosta's hand doesn't seem to linger as long on the woman's arm and the movement appears significantly faster.

Corey Lewandowski, Trump's former campaign chief, said on Boston Herald Radio about Democrats feeling emboldened after midterm wins: "We're starting on the wrong foot".

White House staffers decide whether journalists are eligible, though the Secret Service determines whether their applications are approved.

The president confronted Acosta in a testy exchange after the CNN White House reporter field Trump with questions about the migrant caravan and Russian Federation investigation. "That's enough. Put down the mic", Trump said. "You are a rude, awful person", Trump added.

Trump has repeatedly criticized CNN and called it "fake news".

"You talk about somebody that's a loser, she doesn't know what the hell she's doing", Trump said. "You shouldn't be working for CNN".

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