White House bars CNN reporter after heated Trump exchange

Sergio Conner
November 8, 2018

The exchange marked a new low for Trump's relationship with journalists, which has largely been hostile.

Acosta has frequently clashed with Sanders during the White House's irregular news briefings and with Trump in televised news conferences.

While the Republicans comfortably kept their majority in the Senate, the Democrats wrested away enough seats to take control of the House of Representatives.

Trump added that the way Acosta had treated Press Secretary Sarah Sanders was "awful".

The heated exchange began after Acosta clung to the microphone and persisted with questions about the president's repeated and angry denunciation of a caravan of poor Central American migrants making their way through Mexico to the USA border.

"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. "You should not be working for CNN".

Mr Acosta asked the president about his reference to migrants travelling towards America as an "invasion".

President Donald Trump's ongoing feud with Jim Acosta, CNN's chief White House correspondent, boiled over on Wednesday, with Trump verbally berating the journalist before the White House ultimately suspended his press access.

Whether or not Acosta hit/assaulted/pushed/shoved (whatever you want to call it) remains up for debate amongst media folks.

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"CNN should be ashamed of themselves, having you work for them", he said.

"The way you treat Sarah Huckabee is awful". The way you treat other people is frightful. "You shouldn't treat people that way".

"Well, I'm not a big fan of yours, either", the president of the United States actually said. "Revoking access to the White House complex is a reaction out of line to the purported offence and is unacceptable".

In a statement, press secretary Sarah Sanders took aim at Jim Acosta for "placing his hands on a young woman just trying to do her job as a White House intern".

The video of the incident contradicts the White House statement. "Mia Love gave me no love", he said.

'You are a very rude person, ' Trump told him.

In video from the event, the journalist is seen attempting to ask a follow-up question but is repeatedly shut down by the U.S. leader, who says "that's enough" five times. "I am sick and exhausted of these media types trying to hijack these press conferences".

"That's enough! Put down the mic!"

During a contentious back and forth with Trump, Acosta held onto a microphone as the intern attempted to transfer it to NBC News' Peter Alexander.

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