Pres­i­dent de­nies ac­cess to ‘en­emy of the peo­ple’ journo

The Cairns Post - - WORLD -

THE White House yes­ter­day sus­pended the press pass of a CNN re­porter who Don­ald Trump branded an “en­emy of the peo­ple” at an ear­lier press con­fer­ence.

A vis­i­bly an­gry Mr Trump had called re­porter Jim Acosta a “rude, ter­ri­ble per­son”, af­ter the CNN White House cor­re­spon­dent re­fused the Pres­i­dent’s or­ders to sit down dur­ing the con­fer­ence a day af­ter the US midterm vote.

“The White House is sus­pend­ing the hard pass of the re­porter in­volved un­til fur­ther no­tice,” said White House spokes­woman Sarah San­ders hours later, re­fer­ring to Mr Acosta, who then tweeted that he had been de­nied White House en­try.

The heated ex­change be­gan af­ter the jour­nal­ist per­sisted with ques­tions about the Pres­i­dent’s views on a car­a­van of mi­grants mak­ing its way to the US bor­der.

Mr Trump said “that’s enough!” and a White House in­tern un­suc­cess­fully tried to take the mi­cro­phone from the CNN jour­nal­ist.

Pic­ture: AP PHOTO

COM­BAT­IVE: Don­ald Trump takes on CNN jour­nal­ist Jim Acosta at a White House press con­fer­ence. The jour­nal­ist’s press pass was later sus­pended.

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