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White House Bans CNN Reporter Jim Acosta After Confrontation With Trump

Nov 8, 2018  •  Post A Comment

“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.’”

To read Bauder’s full story about this item, please click here.

Here’s a video of the confrontation between President Trump and CNN’s Jim Acosta …

7 Comments

  1. Now he’s going to have to find another villain. Trump is a weak man.

  2. That press conference was embarrassing. The press preaches unity, but continues to try and divide with some pretty irrelevant questions looking for sound bites like this. Both sides need to grow up already! And please start asking questions with some substance….

  3. You commit the crime, you do the time. I remember when President Obama had a press conference where a reporter was out of line and the press corps got all over the reporter for not, “giving due respect to the office of the president”. I’m a democrat, but even if I don’t respect Trump I respect the office. Acosta was way out of line. Acosta made the press conference about him and he deserved what he got.

  4. Amen to that Skeptical. Acosta is an ongoing embarrassment to the press. In fact, he’s probably near the top as to why the public thinks the “press” has done far more to create division than the President. (and it’s by a fairly substantial margin). I don’t mind tough questions for a President, in fact I welcome them. But it’s clear in the case of Acosta he’s looking for a confrontation. When your primary goal is self promotion and confrontation, nothing positive is going to be accomplished. I’m glad he’s been banished.

  5. Amen to Skeptical and Sir!
    Acosta has no manners, he’s rude, arrrogant, self important, and thinks quite highly of himself. CNN should be embarrassed if they see themselves as a real news organization.

  6. If Acosta is such a bad person, the President does not have to call on him. Why does the President always call on Acosta? Because he knows he can create a show and reinforce his base’s dislike for the press. What the press should do is unite behind Acosta and all boycott the Press Conferences. Trump requires the press to maintain his strategy and ego. If the broadcast and major cable outlets refuse to attend his press conferences, who will Trump rail against. He never tells the truth at those conferences, he only uses them to batter the press and get some headlines for his base. The networks can still cover the news conferences as they are all broadcast, if there really is any “news.”

  7. An egregious situation was made even worse by Huckabee-Saunders posting of a doctored video of the incident,
    This administration has yet to learn that it is not the press’s job to make the president look good or be his cheering section. The job of a free press is to dig into every nook and cranny, to truthfully report on what is important and necessary for the public to know. To shine a critical light on government and business.
    If it had not been for hard hitting and diligent reporting Nixon would have gotten away with Watergate. As someone who spent over 2 decades as a journalist I think this generation of journalists can do no less.

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