White House suspends CNN journo Jim Acosta's access
WASHINGTON - The White House suspended the press credentials of CNN reporter Jim Acosta yesterday, hours after Acosta tangled with President Donald Trump during a televised news conference.
The move to punish Acosta by removing his access to the White House is believed to be unprecedented. The Trump administration barred another CNN reporter from attending an open media event in July but until now has not gone as far as removing a credential, known as a "hard pass," which enables journalists to enter the White House grounds.
Press Secretary Sarah Sanders cited Acosta's brief confrontation with a White House press aide during Trump's news conference as the reason for suspending his press pass "until further notice."
During the 90-minute news conference, Trump snapped at Acosta after he asked why the president had called the Central American migrant caravan "an invasion" and "demonised immigrants."
Following a lengthy and tense verbal back-and-forth, in which Trump at one point started to stray from his lectern and he called Acosta "a rude, terrible person," a female White House intern tried to take the microphone from Acosta.