CNN's Jim Acosta denied entry to White House

Frederick Owens
November 8, 2018

The decision comes after a tense standoff between Acosta and President Donald Trump during a press conference on Wednesday.

"President Trump believes in a free press and expects and welcomes tough questions of him and his administration", said Press Secretary Sarah Sanders.

President Donald Trump got personal with CNN reporter Jim Acosta on Wednesday, calling him a "terrible person" directly from the podium.

The video allegedly speeds up Acosta's arm motion to make it appear that he essentially karate chopped the female intern - but Watson has taken to Twitter to defend himself.

The President was involved in a furious row with Jim Acosta following the midterms, which led to the CNN reporter being banned from the White House for "inappropriate behaviour".

In an earlier statement, CNN said the president had "gone too far" during his clash with Mr Acosta - describing his "ongoing attacks on the press" as "dangerous and disturbingly un-American".

The move followed an incident during President Trump's Wednesday news conference, in which Acosta challenged Trump about his claims regarding immigrants trekking through Mexico to reach the USA border.

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Acosta then badgered the president, asking, "Did you demonize immigrants?"

Mr Trump told him: "CNN should be ashamed of itself having you work for them".

Looking back at Acosta, Trump added: "The way you treat [press secretary] Sarah Huckabee is frightful, and the way you treat other people is disgusting". "Revoking access to the White House complex is a reaction out of line to the purported offense and is unacceptable".

Trump told Ryan, of American Urban Radio Networks, repeatedly to sit down when she attempted to ask Trump about accusations of voter suppression.

Acosta later wrote on Twitter that Sanders explanation for why his access has been revoked is "a lie". Those were reporters working with CNN, NBC, other networks. "This unprecedented decision is a threat to our democracy and the country deserves better", CNN said. Acosta might have embarrassed the poor woman, but he didn't assault her.

Trump wanted to move onto another reporter, but Acosta wouldn't give up the microphone when an aide sought to tug it away from him. The way you treat other people is disgusting.

He also posted a tweet saying he was stopped by the Secret Service from entering White House grounds. "You and I have a difference of opinion". CNN has been most closely associated with the "fake news" slur, which the president has used constantly to undermine public confidence in the media. After delivering prepared remarks, he fielded questions from reporters for almost 90 minutes on Wednesday, asserting the results marked a win for the GOP, defending his impact, and expressing eagerness to work on bipartisan legislation with House Democrats.

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