White House bans CNN re­porter

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CNN White House cor­re­spon­dent Jim Acosta has been de­nied ac­cess to the White House af­ter get­ting into a heated shout­ing match with Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump and pulling a mic away from a fe­male aide at a press con­fer­ence.

A Se­cret Ser­vice agent de­nied Acosta en­try to the White House grounds on Wed­nes­day evening, and re­voked his 'hard pass', the long-term press pass is­sued to the White House press corps. “I’ve just been de­nied en­trance to the WH. Se­cret Ser­vice just in­formed me I can­not en­ter the WH grounds for my 8pm hit,' Acosta wrote in a tweet at 7.46pm.

POTUS had a heated mo­ment with CNN’s Jim Acosta

Min­utes later, the CNN jour­nal­ist posted a cell phone video of a Se­cret Ser­vice agent ask­ing him to hand over his press pass and re­mov­ing it from his lan­yard. In a state­ment, White House Press Sec­re­tary Sarah Sanders said that Acosta’s hard pass had been sus­pended ‘un­til fur­ther no­tice’ as a re­sult of his ac­tions at a press con­fer­ence ear­lier in the day.

Acosta ap­peared on his CNN col­league An­der­son Cooper's pro­gram to ad­dress the in­ci­dent, say­ing: 'I do think, An­der­son, that this is a test for all of us. I do think they're try­ing to shut us down to some ex­tent in­side the White House press corps.' 'I didn't put my hands on her or touch her as they’re al­leg­ing. It's un­for­tu­nate the White House is say­ing this... I think I han­dled my­self pro­fes­sion­ally.'

On Wed­nes­day af­ter­noon, Acosta got into a heated ver­bal back-and­forth with Trump that re­sulted in the pres­i­dent telling him to 'sit down' as the jour­nal­ist wres­tled with a fe­male aide to keep her from pass­ing the mic to an­other jour­nal­ist.'Pres­i­dent Trump be­lieves in a free press and ex­pects and wel­comes tough ques­tions of him and his Ad­min­is­tra­tion. We will, how­ever, never tol­er­ate a re­porter plac­ing his hands on a young woman just try­ing to do her job as a White House in­tern,' Sanders said. ‘This con­duct is ab­so­lutely unac­cept­able.' Sanders also blasted back at an ear­lier CNN state­ment that sup­ported Acosta and said 'this Pres­i­dent's on­go­ing at­tacks on the press have gone too far'.

'Con­trary to CNN’s as­ser­tions there is no greater de­mon­stra­tion of the Pres­i­dent’s sup­port for a free press than the event he held to­day. Only they would at­tack the Pres­i­dent for not sup­port­ing a free press in the midst of him tak­ing 68 ques­tions from 35 dif­fer­ent re­porters,' Sanders said. 'The fact that CNN is proud of the way their em­ployee be­haved is not only dis­gust­ing, it‘s an ex­am­ple of their out­ra­geous dis­re­gard for ev­ery­one, in­clud­ing young women, who work in this Ad­min­is­tra­tion.'

In a tweet, Acosta called Sanders' state­ment 'a lie' with­out elab­o­rat­ing. CNN in a state­ment also flatly ac­cused Sanders of ly­ing about the na­ture of the con­fronta­tion be­tween Acosta and the fe­male in­tern.'She pro­vided fraud­u­lent ac­cu­sa­tions and and cited an in­ci­dent that never hap­pened,' the news net­work said.

REUTERS

Acosta wres­tled with a White House in­tern who tried to take the pro­vided mic to pass it to an­other jour­nal­ist.A Se­cret Ser­vice agent de­nied Acosta en­try to the White House grounds.White House Press Sec­re­tary Sarah Sanders said that Acosta’s hard pass had been sus­pended ‘un­til fur­ther no­tice

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