White House Bars CNN Reporter After Verbal Duel With Trump

Toby Graves
November 9, 2018

U.S. President Donald Trump said he might not return CNN reporter Jim Acosta's pass to get into the White House and that other journalists may lose their credentials as well, after he argued with Acosta at a post-election news conference on Wednesday. "I never thought in this country that I wouldn't be able to go and cover the president of the United States simply because I was trying to ask a question", Acosta said. "As a result of today's incident, the White House is suspending the hard pass of the reporter involved until further notice".

However, people on social media quickly pointed out that the video is clearly doctored, speed up and edited to falsely make it appear like Acosta placed his hands on the intern in what Sanders called "inappropriate behavior".

They began sparring Wednesday after Acosta asked Trump about the caravan of migrants heading from Latin America to the southern USA border.

Acosta had challenged the president on his characterization of the migrant caravan moving through Mexico as an "invasion".

Acosta tweeted that Sanders' statement that he put his hands on the aide was "a lie".

Donald Trump lies. He knows it. Sarah Huckabee Sanders repeats his lies. Acosta tweeted on Wednesday night that he was later denied entry to the White House. You are a rude, awful person.

Still, The Associated Press says, "while the origin of the manipulated video is unclear, its distribution marked a new low for an administration that has been criticized for its willingness to mislead".

Trump called him a "rude, awful person" before Acosta was seen refusing to give his mic to a young woman. "You shouldn't be working for CNN". He's a very unprofessional guy, whether it's me or Ronald Reagan or anybody else, he would've done the same thing. "The way you treat Sarah Huckabee [Sanders] is awful". "You shouldn't be working for CNN", he said.

When NBC reporter Peter Alexander took the mic for the next question, he defended Acosta as a "diligent reporter" - earning Trump's ire. "While President Trump has made it clear he does not respect a free press, he has a sworn obligation to protect it". In a statement posted to Twitter, CNN said the White House's decision was a "retaliation for [Jim Acosta's] challenging questions".

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