White House revokes CNN reporter's credentials after furious exchange with Trump

Blanche Robertson
November 8, 2018

Acosta, who critics say acts more like an activist than a reporter, was called on by the president at a post-midterms press conference at the White House on November 7.

Trump and Acosta have long have a contentious relationship as the CNN reporter often asks the president questions that seemed created to illicit a reaction from him.

President Donald Trump unloaded on CNN's Jim Acosta, a White House correspondent who often gets into testy exchanges with members of Trump's administration.

To make matters worse, Sarah Sanders lied - and circulated a misleadingly edited video to back herself up - when she claimed later that Acosta was being punished for "placing his hands on a young woman".

But the White House maintains that Mr Acosta was in the wrong, with Ms Sanders tweeting that his actions were "absolutely unacceptable".

In a news conference on Wednesday, Acosta was trying to challenge Trump over the president's scare-mongering about the so-called "caravan" of migrants making their way through Mexico. In between the two questions, Trump attempted to move on, but Acosta refused.

US President Donald Trump points to journalist Jim Acosta from CNN during a post-election press conference in the East Room of the White House in Washington, DC on November 7, 2018.

Mr Trump responded by saying "I think you should let me run the country, and you run CNN".

Trump said the way Acosta treats Sanders is "horrible".

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"They are not only risky, they are disturbingly un-American", the network said. "I never thought that in this country I wouldn't be able to cover the president of the United States just for asking a question", he said. Those were reporters working with CNN, NBC, other networks.

The journalist formerly worked as CNN's world political reporter, and covered the Obama administration while Barack Obama served as President.

Acosta said in a tweet late on Wednesday he had been denied entry into the White House by the Secret Service.

"I had one other question if I may ask on the Russian Federation investigation", Acosta pleaded.

"While President Trump has made it clear he does not respect a free press, he has a sworn obligation to protect it", CNN said in a statement.

It also feeds the kind of anti-media controversy Trump loves to generate, and which benefits him politically. The White House has accused him of provoking confrontations, and he, in turn, has become a favorite target of insults lobbed by Trump's supporters, particularly during the president's raucous rallies.

Acosta said he learned that his access was withdrawn from a text message on his phone.

In the wake of the results, Trump held a 90-minute press conference marked by hostility.

"In Jim's defense, I've traveled with him and watched him, he's a diligent reporter who busts his butt like the rest of us", Alexander said.

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