“The White House has suspended the press pass of CNN correspondent Jim Acosta after he and President Donald Trump had a heated confrontation during a news conference,” reports David Bauder for the Associated Press.
“They began sparring Wednesday after Acosta asked Trump about the caravan of migrants heading from Latin America to the southern U.S. border. When Acosta tried to follow up with another question, Trump said, ‘That’s enough!’ and a female White House aide unsuccessfully tried to grab the microphone from Acosta.”
The AP story adds that Acosta briefly “appeared to brush” the intern’s arm during the encounter.
However, Sarah Huckabee Sanders, the White House press secretary, said in a statement that Acosta’s “placing his hands on a young woman just trying to do her job as a White House intern” was “absolutely unacceptable.”
Later Acosta and CNN said Sanders was lying about what happened.
According to The New York Times, “Olivier Knox, the president of the White House Correspondents’ Association, urged the White House to reverse its decision.
“‘The White House Correspondents’ Association strongly objects to the Trump administration’s decision to use U.S. Secret Service security credentials as a tool to punish a reporter with whom it has a difficult relationship,’ he said in a statement. ‘Revoking access to the White House complex is a reaction out of line to the purported offense and is unacceptable.’”
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Here’s a video of the confrontation between President Trump and CNN’s Jim Acosta …