President denies access to ‘enemy of the people’ journo
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.
COMBATIVE: Donald Trump takes on CNN journalist Jim Acosta at a White House press conference. The journalist’s press pass was later suspended.