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Washington - White House Suspends CNN's Acosta After Trump Confrontation

Published on: November 7, 2018 08:16 PM
Last updated on: November 7, 2018 08:51 PM
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President Donald Trump speaks to CNN journalist Jim Acosta during a news conference in the East Room of the White House, Wednesday, Nov. 7, 2018, in Washington. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)President Donald Trump speaks to CNN journalist Jim Acosta during a news conference in the East Room of the White House, Wednesday, Nov. 7, 2018, in Washington. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

Washington - The White House on Wednesday suspended the press pass of CNN correspondent Jim Acosta after he and President Donald Trump had a heated confrontation during a news conference.

They began sparring 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.

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White House press secretary Sarah Sanders released a statement accusing Acosta of “placing his hands on a young woman just trying to do her job as a White House intern,” calling it “absolutely unacceptable.”

The interaction between Acosta and the intern was brief, and Acosta appeared to brush her arm as she reached for the microphone and he tried to hold onto it. “Pardon me, ma’am,” he told her.

Acosta tweeted that Sanders’ statement that he put his hands on the aide was “a lie.”

Journalists assigned to cover the White House apply for passes that allow them daily access to press areas in the West Wing. White House staff decide whether journalists are eligible, though the Secret Service determines whether their applications are approved.

The post-midterm election news conference marked a new low in the president’s relationship with journalists.

“It’s such a hostile media,” Trump said after ordering reporter April Ryan of the American Urban Radio Networks to sit down when she tried to ask him a question.

The president complained that the media did not cover the humming economy and was responsible for much of the country’s divided politics. He said, “I can do something fantastic, and they make it look not good.”

His exchanges with CNN’s Acosta and NBC News’ Peter Alexander turned bitterly personal, unusual even for a forum where the nature of their jobs often put presidents and the press at odds.

“I came in here as a nice person wanting to answer questions, and I had people jumping out of their seats screaming questions at me,” said Trump, who talked for nearly 90 minutes despite the run-ins with reporters.

Acosta asked Trump why the caravan of migrants was emphasized as an issue in the just-concluded midterm races. Acosta questioned Trump’s reference to the caravan as an invasion, and Trump defended the term.

“You should let me run the country,” Trump said. “You run CNN and if you did it well, your ratings would be much better.”

After Acosta asked about the investigation of Russia’s involvement in the 2016 election, Trump tried to turn to Alexander, but Acosta continued to ask questions.

“CNN should be ashamed of itself having you work for them,” the president said to Acosta. “You are a rude, terrible person. You shouldn’t be working for CNN. The way you treat Sarah Sanders is horrible. The way you treat other people is horrible. You shouldn’t treat people that way.”

Alexander came to his colleague’s defense. “I’ve traveled with him and watched him,” Alexander said. “He’s a diligent reporter who busts his butt like the rest of us.”

“I’m not a big fan of yours, either,” Trump replied.

“I understand,” Alexander said, attempting to ask a question. Acosta stood back up and began mentioning, without a microphone, the explosive devices that were recently sent to CNN and some of the president’s political opponents.

“Just sit down,” Trump said. “When you report fake news, which CNN does a lot, you are the enemy of the people.”

After the exchange, CNN, through its public relations department’s Twitter feed, said Trump’s attacks on the press have gone too far.

“They are not only dangerous, they are disturbingly un-American,” CNN said. “While President Trump has made it clear he does not respect a free press, he has a sworn obligation to protect it. A free press is vital to democracy, and we stand behind Jim Acosta and his fellow journalists everywhere.”

In announcing Acosta’s suspension, Sanders said, “The fact that CNN is proud of the way their employee behaved is not only disgusting, it is an example of their outrageous disregard for everyone, including young women, who work in this administration.”

Trump made several references in his news conference to how he feels mistreated by the press. He said he’s damned by the press for having either too few, too many or just the right amount of press availabilities.

He turned specifically on reporter Yamiche Alcindor of PBS’ “NewsHour.” She said that “on the campaign trail, you called yourself a nationalist. Some people saw that as emboldening white nationalists.” Trump interrupted her, calling it a racist question.

Alcindor pressed on: “There are some people who say the Republican Party is seen as supporting white nationalists because of your rhetoric. What do you say to that?”

Trump talked about his supposed popularity with black Americans and said he’s more interested in advancing America’s interests than having a globalist point of view.

“To say that, what you said, is so insulting to me,” he said. “It’s a very terrible thing you said to me.”

Alcindor moved on to a different topic. Later, via Twitter, she said that she has interviewed white nationalists who say they are more excited by Trump than they have been about other presidents. “Even if President Trump doesn’t intend it, some see him as directly appealing to the racists,” she wrote.

On CNN, anchor Jake Tapper said that there was nothing racist about her question and that Trump’s reaction was unfathomable.

Trump told Ryan, of American Urban Radio Networks, repeatedly to sit down when she attempted to ask Trump about accusations of voter suppression. He said she was rude for interrupting another reporter, though he did briefly answer one of Ryan’s questions.



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 Nov 07, 2018 at 08:22 PM Anonymous Says:

Acosta should have been thrown out, a long time ago; also, the U.S. Secret Service was useless (as usual), as its Agents stood by, after Acosta shoved the White House intern. I saw a tape of him doing that.

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 Nov 07, 2018 at 08:26 PM PaulinSaudi Says:

If the government does not approve of a journalist, it will act against him.

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 Nov 07, 2018 at 08:29 PM Democrats are evil Says:

Good he is a disgusting arrogant slimeball leftist propagandist for the democrat party

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 Nov 07, 2018 at 09:06 PM Just Wondering.... Says:

Who does Acosta think he is, Bill Clinton??
Why is he putting his hands on an intern?

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 Nov 07, 2018 at 09:15 PM Anti Hoshomer Says:

Typical libtard. They make me sick.

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 Nov 07, 2018 at 09:32 PM dave Says:

Acosta is disgrace, CNN is shameless. The whole dem-o-rats are a bunch of miserable mobsters.

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 Nov 07, 2018 at 09:34 PM Educated Archy Says:

Reply to #2  
PaulinSaudi Says:

If the government does not approve of a journalist, it will act against him.

Lyin Paulin aka yamsar opens his fat lying mouth again . I wish you'd be pulled from vin .

But here is the truth it's not about the tough question he asked . It's about assualting a female and mistreating her in public . It's called harassment . I watched the conference and was shocked . No one should tolerate work place harassment.

Got it yoni ? It's very simple yamsar

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 Nov 07, 2018 at 09:43 PM Anonymous Says:

Finally. Good riddance.

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 Nov 07, 2018 at 10:31 PM Crazykanoiy Says:

The man who cries about Kavanaugh being accused falsely has no problem falsely accusing Acosta in order to shut down questions that he can't answer. Gutless.

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 Nov 07, 2018 at 10:40 PM ubgeriser Says:

If Acosta had been a fox news reporter in Obama 's presidency and act as does with fighting off with his arm the white house intern, not only would he have lost his pass but would end up in jail as well. But we have 2 set of rules in this country as we all know so well.

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 Nov 08, 2018 at 12:11 AM Loving Monsey Says:

Farrakhan is the grand wizard for the left wing liberals. (He is no different from white supremacists) except skin color. They both believe the same thing . Yet almost every liberal (afro American) from Obama to maxin waters to bill Clinton all mer and embraced this true black nazi . Yrt the media is so quite abt this its truly sickening. And hypercritical.

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 Nov 08, 2018 at 12:45 AM Crazykanoiy Says:

Reply to #10  
ubgeriser Says:

If Acosta had been a fox news reporter in Obama 's presidency and act as does with fighting off with his arm the white house intern, not only would he have lost his pass but would end up in jail as well. But we have 2 set of rules in this country as we all know so well.

Even Ben Shapiro has called out Trump for lying.

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 Nov 08, 2018 at 07:23 AM Rand Says:

Not only should he be banned. The guy man-handled that lady. Can you imagine if a fox report did that. This guy a low life leftist phony media. CNN is sick.

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 Nov 08, 2018 at 07:25 AM Educated Archy Says:

Reply to #9  
Crazykanoiy Says:

The man who cries about Kavanaugh being accused falsely has no problem falsely accusing Acosta in order to shut down questions that he can't answer. Gutless.

There you go lyin Paulin again . Tricky yoni repeating nonsense .

It's not a false accusation. Watch the Confrence . It was assualt in public . It's on video genuis .

And even the way he ignored a wh intern leaving aside the assault is mistreatment of women .

And yes you can ask tough questions but no you should not be able to be chutzpahdik to tne president . You should be fired for that too . And verbal abuse to Sarah sanders is wrong too and fireable .

If I did even a tenth of that to my boss at work I'd be fired . And to a woman I'd be sued .

Facts are the guy assulated . It's on video genuis .

Got it yoni ?

Vin please silence yamsar and his spamming nonsense

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 Nov 08, 2018 at 08:29 AM favish Says:

RAYAN , ACCOSTA ARE THE 2 BIGGEST ARROGANT DISRESPECTFUL 'JURNALISTS. THAT THIS ARTICLE DOESNT MENTION. FAKE NEWS

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 Nov 08, 2018 at 10:08 AM TRump's WH IS Fake News Says:

Reply to #1  
Anonymous Says:

Acosta should have been thrown out, a long time ago; also, the U.S. Secret Service was useless (as usual), as its Agents stood by, after Acosta shoved the White House intern. I saw a tape of him doing that.

Reality:

During the press conference, the aide attempted to take a microphone away from Acosta as he questioned Trump, but he refused to let go. (The real, unedited) video shows his arm brushing hers in the process.

Fake News:

This was video was edited (maybe by InfoWars) that Sanders shared zooms in on the moment of contact, and appears to have been sped up to make the moment appear more aggressive.

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 Nov 08, 2018 at 02:29 PM Educated Archy Says:

Reply to #12  
Crazykanoiy Says:

Even Ben Shapiro has called out Trump for lying.

Even Ben Shapiro ? Wow then it all must be true . Listen yoni seeing is believing . I saw the video . You can debate if that's called assault in legal terms but it was a nasty violent action connoted against an intern .

Furthermore, yes this was just the horse that broke the camels back . His pass should have been revoked for a lack of behavior in the work place . If I behaved like that during my CEO townhall I'd be axed in a second . You can ask tough questions but you need to be respectful . And it's not just to the president but to sanders too .

However you cut it this guy deserved it . And don't you start shedding fake crocodile tears about freedom of tne press . That's nonsense . It's bs yoni . This is about behaving

Got it yamsar ?

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 Nov 08, 2018 at 02:32 PM Educated Archy Says:

Reply to #16  
TRump's WH IS Fake News Says:

Reality:

During the press conference, the aide attempted to take a microphone away from Acosta as he questioned Trump, but he refused to let go. (The real, unedited) video shows his arm brushing hers in the process.

Fake News:

This was video was edited (maybe by InfoWars) that Sanders shared zooms in on the moment of contact, and appears to have been sped up to make the moment appear more aggressive.

Pushing a hand away is aggressive . You may have catchy user names but your content is hot air . You make up some buba masa how it was only a small " brush " not a big brush . Point is he brushed her arm away . I saw it unaltered. Don't sell me your bs

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 Nov 09, 2018 at 07:25 AM Anonymous Says:

Reply to #18  
Educated Archy Says:

Pushing a hand away is aggressive . You may have catchy user names but your content is hot air . You make up some buba masa how it was only a small " brush " not a big brush . Point is he brushed her arm away . I saw it unaltered. Don't sell me your bs

The web has this video posted in dozens of places, and anyone who wishes to view it can do so. I have no clue whether it was sped up or not, but he did consciously lay his hand on the intern to push her away. You might claim that when she was trying to take away the mike he reacted naturally, and did not intend to be aggressive. But he simply lied about that, too. Acosta has not behaved as a journalist should, and tries to push his agenda on the President. His credentials need to be revoked, and the WH is correct on this. CNN's baloney about free press is actually indicative of the agenda that sacrifices truth and fact for their hate for the president. Press credentials to enter the WH are not the exercise of free press. Permitting versus prohibiting publication of reports and editorials would be a free press issue. Acosta is conducting editorial tasks, lecturing the president, and exhibiting chutzpah. He has no business in the WH press room to do that. Can him.

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