The White House Pulls Jim Acosta’s Credentials as Trump Claims CNN Reporter ‘Put Hands’ on Intern

The White House has revoked CNN reporter Jim Acosta’s press credentials following his heated exchange with President Donald Trump during a press conference Wednesday.

White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders explained the decision, claiming Acosta put his hands on the White House intern, who was trying to take the microphone away from him.

“President Trump believes in a free press and expects and welcomes tough questions of him and his Administration. We will, however, never tolerate a reporter placing his hands on a young woman just trying to do her job as a White House intern,” Sanders wrote.

“This conduct is absolutely unacceptable. It is also completely disrespectful to the reporter’s colleagues not to allow them an opportunity to ask a question,” Sanders continued adding that President Trump has “given the press more access than any President in history.”

“Contrary to CNN’s assertions there is no greater demonstration of the President’s support for a free press than the event he held today. Only they would attack the President for not supporting a free press in the midst of him taking 68 questions from 35 different reporters.”

“The fact that CNN is proud of the way their employee behaved is not only disgusting, it’s an example of their outrageous disregard for everyone, including young women, who work in this Administration,” Sanders continued in reference to CNN’s defense of Acosta.

Concluding her message Sanders added: “As a result of today’s incident, the White House is suspending the hard pass of the reporter involved until further notice.”

She later tweeted a video which she claimed proved he behaved inappropriately which zoomed in on Acosta and the intern’s hands.

We stand by our decision to revoke this individual’s hard pass. We will not tolerate the inappropriate behavior clearly documented in this video.

— Sarah Sanders (@PressSec) November 8, 2018

CNN said in a statement that the “President’s ongoing attacks on the press have gone too far.”

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

This is a lie.

— Jim Acosta (@Acosta) November 8, 2018

The US Secret Service just asked for my credential to enter the WH. As I told the officer, I don’t blame him. I know he’s just doing his job. (Sorry this video is not rightside up)

— Jim Acosta (@Acosta) November 8, 2018

In response to claims he “put hands’ on the intern, Acosta simply wrote, “This is a lie.”

Acosta also documented the moment his media passes were confiscated in a video shared on Twitter.

“The US Secret Service just asked for my credential to enter the WH. As I told the officer, I don’t blame him. I know he’s just doing his job,” Acosta tweeted.

President Trump to Jim @Acosta: “You should let me run the country. You run …read more



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