White House bans CNN reporter
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.
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