White House sus­pends re­porter’s ac­cess af­ter spar­ring with Trump

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WASH­ING­TON The White House on Wed­nes­day sus­pended the press pass of a CNN re­porter who ear­lier sparred with Mr Don­ald Trump at a news con­fer­ence in which the US pres­i­dent branded the jour­nal­ist an “enemy of the peo­ple”.

A vis­i­bly an­gry Trump had called re­porter Jim Acosta a “rude, ter­ri­ble per­son”, af­ter the CNN White House cor­re­spon­dent re­fused the pres­i­dent’s or­ders to sit down and give up the mi­cro­phone dur­ing the con­fer­ence one day af­ter the US midterm vote.

The heated ex­change be­gan af­ter the jour­nal­ist per­sisted with ques­tions about the pres­i­dent’s views on a car­a­van of Cen­tral Amer­i­can mi­grants mak­ing its way to the US bor­der.

Mr Acosta said: “They are hun­dreds of miles away. That is not an in­va­sion.”

At that point, the pres­i­dent snapped. “Hon­estly, I think you should let me run the coun­try. You run CNN, and if you did it well, your rat­ings would be higher,” Mr Trump said.

As the re­porter con­tin­ued, Mr Trump de­clared: “That’s enough, put down the mic” and walked away from his own podium, as if he were leav­ing.

The in­tern at­tempted to grab the mi­cro­phone from Mr Acosta, who tried to shout out one last ques­tion.

‘RUDE, TER­RI­BLE PER­SON’

Wav­ing his fin­ger, Mr Trump be­rated him. “I’ll tell you what, CNN should be ashamed of it­self hav­ing you work­ing for them. You are a rude, ter­ri­ble per­son. You shouldn’t be work­ing for CNN,” he said.

In sus­pend­ing Mr Acosta’s press pass, White House spokesman Sarah San­ders ac­cused the vet­eran jour­nal­ist of “plac­ing his hands on a young woman just try­ing to do her job”, call­ing his con­duct “un­ac­cept­able”. In re­sponse, both CNN and jour­nal­ists who had been at the press con­fer­ence voiced sup­port for Mr Acosta as the White House Correspondents’ As­so­ci­a­tion is­sued a state­ment say­ing it ob­jected to the ad­min­is­tra­tion us­ing se­cu­rity cre­den­tials as a tool to pun­ish re­porters. – AFP

PHOTO: REUTERS

A White House in­tern try­ing to grab the mi­cro­phone from CNN’s Jim Acosta as US pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump be­rates him.

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