White House sus­pends CNN journo Jim Acosta's ac­cess

Swazi Observer - - NEWS -

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.

Con­fronta­tion

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.

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