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White House bans CNN reporter after tense interaction with Trump

  • 8 November 2018
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White House bans CNN reporter after tense interaction with Trump
CNN’s chief White House correspondent Jim Acosta has been banned from the White House after a tense interaction with US president Donald Trump at a press conference on Wednesday.
White House press secretary Sarah Sanders announced that the reporter’s "hard pass" - permanent credentials that allows access to the White House - had been suspended.
In a thread on twitter, Ms Sanders said the White House would “never tolerate a reporter placing his hands on a young woman just trying to do her job”.
“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,” she said.
“As a result of today’s incident, the White House is suspending the hard pass of the reporter involved until further notice.”
She was referring to an incident during a press conference by Mr Trump on Wednesday when the president had a verbal altercation with Mr Acosta.
When a White House aide approached Mr Acosta and tried to take the microphone from him, he continued holding the microphone, saying “Excuse me Ma’am.”
Mr Acosta on twitter characterised Ms Sanders’s accusation that he had placed his hands on the young woman as “a lie”.
But Ms Huckabee Sanders returned to the issue on twitter late on Wednesday, stating: “We stand by our decision to revoke this individual’s hard pass. We will not tolerate the inappropriate behaviour,” pointing to a video clip of the incident.
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