White House says correspondent no longer wel­come

The New Zealand Herald - - World -

The White House has sus­pended the press pass of CNN correspondent Jim Acosta after he and Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump had a heated con­fronta­tion dur­ing a news con­fer­ence yes­ter­day.

They be­gan spar­ring after Acosta asked Trump about the car­a­van of mi­grants head­ing from Latin Amer­ica to the south­ern US bor­der. When Acosta tried to fol­low up with an­other ques­tion, Trump said, “That’s enough!” and a fe­male White House aide un­suc­cess­fully tried to grab the mi­cro­phone from Acosta.

White House press sec­re­tary Sarah Huck­abee San­ders ac­cused Acosta of “plac­ing his hands on a young woman just try­ing to do her job as a White House in­tern”, call­ing it “ab­so­lutely un­ac­cept­able”.

The in­ter­ac­tion be­tween Acosta and the in­tern was brief. As she reached for the mi­cro­phone, he held onto it and said, “Par­don me, ma’am.”

Acosta tweeted that San­ders’ state­ment that he put his hands on the aide was “a lie”. CNN said in a state­ment that the White House re­voked Acosta’s press pass out of “re­tal­i­a­tion for his chal­leng­ing ques­tions” yes­ter­day, and the net­work ac­cused Huck­abee San­ders of ly­ing about Acosta’s ac­tions, say­ing she “pro­vided fraud­u­lent ac­cu­sa­tions and cited an in­ci­dent that never hap­pened”. Jour­nal­ists as­signed to cover the White House ap­ply for passes that al­low them daily ac­cess to press ar­eas in the West Wing. White House staffers de­cide whether jour­nal­ists are el­i­gi­ble, though the Se­cret Ser­vice de­ter­mines whether their ap­pli­ca­tions are ap­proved.

Don­ald Trump tells Jim Acosta, “That’s enough,” as the in­tern mi­cro­phone in his hand. reaches for the

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